Second-placed Eagles have plenty to gain in next phase of Blowes Clothing Cup

The Cowra Eagles have plenty of cause for optimism despite last week's loss to Bathurst, club captain Conor Lamond says. Photo: Ben Rodin

The Cowra Eagles have plenty of cause for optimism despite last week's loss to Bathurst, club captain Conor Lamond says. Photo: Ben Rodin

Club captain Conor Lamond said the Cowra Eagles are eager to get stuck into their next block of games in the Blowes Clothing Cup season when they host the Orange City Lions this Saturday at the Cowra Rugby Grounds.

"We'd be lying if we said we haven't focused on the next block of five," Lamond said via phone call.

"There's some pretty big away games coming up... It is going to be a tougher round for us."

However, Lamond, who has been playing as a hooker in the Eagles' line-ups this year, said while the club is mindful of some difficult away trips in the forthcoming block of games - with matches against the Forbes Platypii and Bathurst Bulldogs among them - it'd be foolish to look further ahead than this week.

The Lions have come on in leaps and bounds during the first month of competition, drawing with last year's premiers the Orange Emus in an intense cross-town derby last week.

We'd be lying if we said we haven't focused on the next block of five... There's some pretty big away games coming up

Cowra club captain Conor Lamond

"They're a physical side Orange City... their set piece is good, their scrum is very good technically," Lamond said, admitting that their round one clash against the side drew attention to some flaws in their scrum that the Eagles have since addressed.

"We shut them down and we go a long way to winning this weekend."

While Lamond admitted that the Eagles would've obviously rather won than lost against the Bathurst Bulldogs, he said the club was still positive about where they sat, especially that thanks to the Lions' draw against the Emus, the Eagles are now a game clear in second.

"Being that win clear of third place... definitely sets us up going into round two," Lamond said.

"We'll take the positives out of Bathurst and try to apply them and better ourselves for Orange City this weekend."

Lamond said there was plenty of cause for optimism around the club as well, with news that the club stands a chance of getting a thirds team running in time for the season's back half.

"We haven't [been in] third grade since 2005... For Cowra to be in the position to enter a thirds team speaks volumes of where the club's going," he said.

Lamond believes changes like that are symptomatic of the club-wide drive that the Eagle's on-field leaders have after last year's Preliminary Final loss to Bathurst.

"We knew then and there we were going to stick together and go one better this year... We are a pretty tight-knit group."

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