Deni Drovers begin their Southern Inland Rugby Union McMullen Cup finals campaign against arch rival Hay in the major semi final in Leeton tomorrow.
After finishing on top of the ladder, the Drovers earned a week off, while Hay downed Wagga City to claim a spot in the major semi.
The winner will move on to the grand final and the loser will have a second chance the following week.
Having played Hay on four occasions this season, Drovers coach Joe Gogarty said both sides know each other quite well.
‘‘We’ve both won our two home games, so I’m expecting a close game,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ll have a full squad, barring those who had season ending injuries earlier in the year.
‘‘Last time we played Hay we dominated them, but they’ll have a few players back in the side this time.
‘‘We know the Cutters will try to intimidate us and try to throw us off our game.
‘‘When we played them in Hay we were in front all day and let the game slip, so we’re confident we can play good rugby against them.
‘‘But we’ll need to ensure that we are disciplined.’’
To prepare for their match, the Drovers trained last Saturday along with their regular training sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Gogarty said his side had a good run and are shaping up well for the clash.
‘‘Everyone knows what the job is and how to get it done,’’ he said.
‘‘Some teams worry too much about what the other team is doing rather than worrying about their own game so we just need to concentrate on what we have to do.
‘‘Our back-line has been a feature this season and been quite settled.
‘‘We’ve had the luxury of keeping a similar back-line every week and they all know what each other is thinking without even talking.
‘‘Our two main goals for the game are to maintain possession and defend like your life depends on it.
‘‘We’ll treat this game like a knockout final and put our all into it.’’
Tomorrow’s final kicks off at 10.30am on Ground One in Leeton.
~ Jamie Lowe