After a struggle to field a full outfit at the start of the season, the Mudgee Dragons have roared to life in the second half of their campaign.
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Their final away game of the regular season approaches this weekend as they head to Carrington Park to face the second placed Bathurst Panthers.
Although the Panthers are seven points clear in second place, and are now categorically locked into a top two spot, both the Bathurst team and the Dragons could use the two points for a final season push.
The Panthers sit just two points under the league leaders Orange CYMS and, although unlikely, a resurgent Lithgow Workies welcome the undefeated colour-city team this weekend and will be eyeing a massive upset.
The Dragons on the other hand could use the two points to keep above the Oberon Tigers in third place and consolidate their position.
Form may be a key factor in the fight for the finals now, with the Dragons boasting six wins in seven matches since their Round 8 clash with the Panthers in May.
The Panthers will reportedly be fielding a full strength side on the weekend, while question marks still surround key players like Corin Smith for the Dragons.
Jared Robinson, the Dragons captain, believes consistency over 80 minutes will be key at the away match.
“We know that when we play the style of footy that we want we can be competitive with anyone,” Robinson said.
“We have to remain consistent. Tossing up twenty minutes of excellent and then sixty minutes of average footy is not going to get you any wins.”
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