MACQUARIE'S slide from third to fifth on the Whitney Cup ladder has come at a rapid rate, but Blues all-rounder Dan Medway is hopeful his side can arrest their recent poor form when they face Souths in a two-day contest starting on Saturday at No.2 Oval.
With three rounds remaining Macquarie (63.68) are 16.06 points behind CYMS (79.74), with Newtown (67.10) also in the mix for the last spot in the top three.
That makes for a pretty simple scenario for Macquarie.
"It's a must-win game for us, not only for the points but for the confidence," Medway said.
"We haven't really been applying ourselves enough with the bat and not applying much pressure with the ball but hopefully we can turn that around against Souths.
"It won't be easy, they are better than their results suggest, but we really need to win if we are going to make a run at the finals because CYMS and Newtown play each other this round.
Medway highlighted a heartbreaking loss to Rugby in December as the catalyst for his side's downward spiral.
At the time they were in third place and on day one of the clash they belted 352, a total which Rugby chased down with ease the following week.
Unfortunately the Blues have been winless since.
"That game took the wind out of us a bit I think and the week after that CYMS belted 380-odd and we lost that game and were trailing CYMS going into Christmas," Medway said.
"We haven't been able to get it right since but we have three more chances in the last few weeks of the competition, starting with this game against Souths.
"My feeling is we will go down swinging and if it doesn't work we will have at least given it our best shot.
"We can't control what CYMS and Newtown do but if we win our three games and they slip up along the way at least that will give us a shot."