Orange Emus' premiership credentials might have taken a hit in the last three weeks, but the Blowes Clothing Cup top dogs can firm back into favouritism with a win in round 11.
That's because Pete Bromley's men will visit Ann Ashwood Park for a bout against the in-form Bulldogs, a side that knocked them off at this very building in the season's opener.
It's developed into one of the more fierce rivalries in the competition, and the looming contest promises to be as hotly-contested as ever.
Mick Leseberg's side is riding a two-game winning streak after knocking off Forbes on the road, before deleting Orange City 71-17 in the most lopsided result of the season.
Emus, who have dropped two of their last four contests, have been much less convincing than they were in the opening month, but Nigel Staniforth says his troops are pumped they've arrived at the business end of the season.
"We're pretty excited that we're coming into the last round," he said.
"We've had a fair few injuries over the last few weeks and we've had a chance to blood a lot of younger players. We're building nicely."
Even though the greens are still on top, Staniforth won't shy away from the regression in recent times and says the last-up contest against Cowra wasn't good enough.
"It was very disappointing," he said.
"Cowra played some good football, but we were our own worst enemies. We had 13 errors in the first half."
All recent woes can be largely erased with a winning result on Saturday, but the competition points won't be hard to come by against Bulldogs.
"They're getting close to full strength and they always get up for big games," he said.
"It's a rivalry match and we've had a lot of big games against them. I'm sure they enjoy it as much as we do."
After 10 rounds, Emus are on top of the ladder with a seven-win record, holding 37 points in total.
Bathurst is far behind as Bulldogs hold down third spot with six wins, and 32 competition points.
Kick-off is 3.15pm.
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