In terms of the ladder, you’d safely expect RSL Colts to do a job on Rugby come Saturday’s Whitney Cup clash between the two Dubbo District Cricket Association clubs.
RSL Colts are just one point off the top of the ladder and Rugby, having chopped and changed their line-up all summer, boast just two wins in 2018-19.
But there’s plenty on the line during Saturday’s Australia Day clash between the two clubs.
Annually, Rugby and RSL Colts play for the Danny Bower Cup, a legend of both clubs who passed away a decade ago.
The father of Souths and Dubbo skipper Mitch Bower, Danny is a life member at Rugby and won a first grade premiership with the club in the 1990s, after making the move from RSL Colts, where he played in the early 1980s.
Rugby coach Nathan Munro says you can disregard his side’s lowly fifth-place standing on the ladder heading into this game – his boys are prepared to take the fight to a premiership contender at Lady Cutler 2.
... we'll just have to play some outrageous cricket to get on top of themRugby's Nathan Munro ahead of his side's clash with RSL Colts.
"It's one of our club's biggest game of the year,” Munro said.
“We always try and get up as much as we can because we want to win it, we love the rivalry between the two clubs and always enjoy having a cold beer with the others after the game.”
The Danny Bower Cup includes all grades, so winning across the board is key.
But Munro said victory in the top grade is always extra special.
“He won a premiership in the 90s with my dad and he was playing second grade I think when he passed away, which would have been about 10 years ago,” Munro added.
"A day like this takes it back for everyone to realise we're only playing a sport, it's just a game of cricket, get out there and play a sport with our mates on a Saturday and have a few beers after and talk about what's going on.”
RSL Colts enjoyed a four wicket win over Munro’s men in the opening round of the season, a half-ton from Brad Cox guiding Colts past Rugby’s total of 7-175.
While, in their only other meeting of the 2018-19 season, RSL Colts star Wes Giddings smashed a quick-fire 89 at the top of the order to rocket his side to a commanding 7-243, a total that proved too much for Rugby in a 91-run loss.
Rugby hasn’t won a game since November.
Throwing form out the window, Munro says that can all change on Saturday.
"Colts are playing some outstanding cricket as they do of late, we'll just have to play some outrageous cricket to get on top of them,” Munro said, before adding Rugby will trot out a full-strength side this weekend for the first time this season.
"We've got a side that’s capable of doing it on our day but we haven't had one day where we've bowled really well and batted really well.
“But on our day, if we put it all together, there's no reason we can't beat them.”
RSL Colts and Rugby will clash from the earlier time of 11am on Saturday at Lady Cutler 2.
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