For the third time in four weeks Ag College and Leeton will go head-to-head, but this time the stakes are much higher.
A place against Waratahs goes on the line at Jarrah Oval on Saturday.
Ag College had their seven-game winning streak broken by Waratahs last week, but coach Will Mitchell believes they are in a better space coming into the preliminary final against Leeton.
“With everything that has happened the boys last week were exhausted but everyone has had some rest and we are 100 per cent focused on footy,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell is looking for a better start this time around after needing a late rally to down Leeton a fortnight ago.
Ag College have made two changes following the 47-24 loss to Waratahs.
Darcy Booth is out after picking up a ribs complaint last week.
His place at flanker will be taken by Charles Callaghan.
Liam Mowbray also comes into the starting side.
He will move to the second row with Taz Kuhn dropping back to the bench.
With the two wins over the Phantoms the team is confident they can do it again to set up another crack at Waratahs in the decider.
Aggies are on the verge of their first grand final appearance since winning the premiership in 2012.
That was the last of their four consecutive grand final appearances and this is as close as they have got to being back in a grand final since.
“We’ve got the belief we can get the result over there,” Mitchell said.
“I think if we play our best footy than the results will come, but if we don’t we are taking it out of our hands which is not what we want to do.”
However after a much tougher semi-final clash with the Phantoms than in the last round of the season, they expect an even bigger challenge.
With that in mind Mitchell is looking to throw something different at them.
“Leeton have had a good look at us but we have also had a good look at them,” he said.
“We are going to mix things up a little bit as well.”
Mitchell believes controlling possession will the key.
It is something he thought really let them down against Waratahs.
“We just didn’t cherish the ball last week and that is the main thing to improve on.
“We can’t turn the ball over.
“Leeton hold the ball really well so we just have to stick with our defence, wait for errors or turnovers.
“You can’t give a side like Leeton that much ball, especially as Leeton and Waratahs are such great attacking sides.
“If you just give them the ball back after working so hard to get then it is the golden goose and you can’t win without it.”