While there’s not quite as much to play for compared to the other two final round matches, South Dubbo will still be gunning for a win on Saturday to enter the RSL-Whitney Cup finals with momentum.
Souths, in second spot, resumes at 3/34 on Saturday in reply to Newtown’s day one total of 271.
On the back foot, Souths does still face a situation where a loss to the Tigers could see them miss the finals completely.
That scenario requires a heavy loss, a win for Colts over Rugby and for Macquarie to outright CYMS.
“We don’t really care about the other teams,” South skipper Mitch Bower said.
“We’ve got 270 to knock off and that’s our first priority. We can’t control other games … we want to wins our’s and that’s all that matters.”
After bowling out a Wayne Dunlop-inspired Newtown for 271 last week, Souths had to bat for the final seven overs of the day.
Dunlop made batting look easy on his way to 122 but Corey McDean (11), Will Lindsay (14) and Mark O’Donnell (0) all departed early for Souths.
Angus Norton is 4 not out and Mat Finlay is yet to score while the likes of Bower, Henry Railz, Adam Wells and Scott Tucker are to come.
“I think we can chase it down. It’s not out of our reach,” Bower said.
“Chasing 270 would be a good boost in momentum for us. We would go into the finals knowing we can do it.”
Play at No. 1 Oval resumes at 1pm on Saturday.