WHILE their spot in the Blowes Clothing Cup finals is guaranteed, there is plenty at stake for Dubbo Kangaroos when they take to the field against Dubbo Rhinos on Saturday.
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The Roos can cement a top-three position on the ladder and could sneak as high as second if Narromine falls to Parkes.

There is also the small matter of the Mark Melville Cup and six months of local bragging rights.

The Roos escaped with a 12-8 win in their round nine encounter, which was played in a mudpit at No.1 Oval.

But with a fast track assured for Saturday, there is the potential for plenty of points to be scored.

Roos second-rower James Skuthorp said the key for his side will be to start well against their cross-town rivals, who will be keen to perform ahead of their 20th anniversary reunion later in the night.

“They will have a point to prove in all grades I think, so we have to turn up and be enthusiastic right from kick-off,” Skuthorp said.

“If we give them an inch they will hang around all day so the key for us will be to start well and try to take some of the emotion out of it because they play a lot on emotion.

“We’ve spoken at training about they fact they will be up for the challenge but the game means a fair bit to us as well.”

The Roos currently hold the Melville Cup courtesy of the win earlier in the year, when four penalty goals was enough to secure the victory, and they don’t want to give it up.

They also don’t want to give up the momentum created by three successive wins in recent weeks.

“We’ve won three straight and are playing some good footy, but that changes if we go into the finals on the back of a loss,” Skuthorp said.

“We’d like to hang on to the Melville Cup and if results go our way we can get into second place and host the final against Narromine next week.

“From our point of view though, we can’t control the result at Parkes so we just need to worry about playing with the structure we have over the past few weeks and try to get over Rhinos.

“They have some swift backs and thrive on broken-field play so if we can hang onto the ball we can really take that out of the equation and make things a lot easier for ourselves.”

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