Saturday’s play at Lady Cutler 2 could be all over quickly with South Dubbo needing just 28 runs for first innings points and unlikely to push for an outright.
The Hornets, runners-up in last season’s Whitney Cup, dominated day one of the opening round clash with Rugby.
After withstanding a sublime 78 from Jordan Moran, the John Colwell’s six wickets helped Souths restrict Rugby to 185.
Opening batsmen Mitch Bower and Will Lindsay then punished the Rugby attack and led their side to 0-158 at stumps.
Captain Bower, who made 77 not out, will miss day two but Lindsay will resume on 75.
We've done our job so we'll probably be happy to score a convincing win and call it a day.Mitch Bower
Bower has backed his side to get the job done with ease but added an outright win was unlikely.
“They’ll have a look at the pitch but if it’s a road we probably won’t have another bowl,” he said.
“We’ll just worry about getting the win, not really keen on giving them another bat. We've done our job so we'll probably be happy to score a convincing win and call it a day.”
Souths are set to be without a number of players due to seamer Scott Tucker having his wedding on Saturday.