Conor Lamond said that the Cowra Eagles have learnt the value of starting well as they look to continue their winning start to the season against the Forbes Platypi at Cowra this weekend.
"The way we start is absolutely crucial. We trying to pride ourselves this year that we set the standard as soon as we head out there," the club captain said, alluding to the team's scrappy 15-3 win against Orange City.
The Platypi and Eagles will be battling for the Bill Rowlands Cup in addition to Blowes Clothing Cup points this weekend, and Lamond said the Forbes team's strengths will present a strong challenge.
"Forbes have got a pretty impressive backline [and] they've got a very good forward pack," Lamond said.
"We're really going to have to muscle up... to beat Forbes."
Lamond was appointed as club captain for the year, with Tim Berry as the team's first grade skipper, and said the team was driven to go further than last year's prelim.
"[In last week's pre-match] we just touched on the pain that the prelim loss did have on us last year. Remember how that felt, and that we don't want that to happen again this year," he said.
The Eagles takes on Platypi on Saturday, 2pm, at the Cowra Rugby Fields, preceded by a match between the Cowra-Canowindra and Forbes women's teams, at 12.45pm, with a club function in the evening.