CSU Bathurst is winless, languishing on the bottom of the Blowes Clothing Cup standings on negative five points thanks to a number of colts forfeits.
With Orange Emus flying high, undefeated on top having rarely looked troubled in the opening five rounds, punters would be forgiven for thinking Saturday’s clash with the students could be a walkover for the greens.
“CSU was a bit of a bogey team for us at one stage and every single team we play definitely poses a threat,” Emus skipper Nigel Staniforth said, challenging that train of thought.
“They pushed Parkes and only got beaten by 11 points and the Boars look like they’ll be a top five side, so we won’t be taking CSU easy.”
With rain, and plenty of it, forecast for Saturday the greens’ massive pack should come to the fore on Endeavour Oval, a traditionally boggish ground after rain.
It’ll bring kicking, and Staniforth, right into the equation too.
Considering his usually pinpoint boot has been somewhat askew so far in 2017 Emus’ skipper is hoping he can find his radar again this weekend.
“It’s been a pretty tough week at training after kicking less than 50 per cent last weekend, the boys have been getting stuck in a bit,” Staniforth laughed.
“I’m down to about 70 per cent for the season too, it’s killing me, I try to be well over 80 normally.”
Kick off at Endeavour Oval is at 3.15pm