North Wagga warmed up for next week's match against Marrar with one of their best games of the year, as they cruised to a 12.15 (87) to 3.2 (20) win at Barellan on Saturday.
Coach Kirk Hamblin didn't play due to a back injury and Corey Watt was a late out but it didn't slow up the Saints, who kept Barellan to just one goal in the first three quarters on the way to a 67-point win.
After opening up late against the Northern Jets last week, good signs were there for four quarters at Barellan.
"It was probably our best performance of the season," Hamblin said. "I've been really happy the last couple of weeks to get our handball-receives up and play a bit more free-flowing football.
"The only thing was not converting early (kicking 2.5 to 0.0 in the first quarter) but all in all to go over to Barellan and get a good win, I was really pleased."
North Wagga welcomed back Jake May from a long break with a broken hand but co-captain Cayden Winter was the dominant figure through the middle and was a constant threat up forward, where kicked 2.4.
James Morris kicked three of the Saints' 12 goals.
Ben Maiden was again Barellan's best across half-back on a tough day at the office for the home side.
Hamblin said with the trip to tackle the Two Blues out of the way, they'll turn their attention to last year's grand final rivals.
"Marrar have been going really good so we'll turn our focus to that game now."
He said he and Watt would be back for the game at McPherson Oval but said midfielder Guy Ward (ankle) and forward Dayne Hancock (knee) are both still a couple of weeks away with their injuries not improving as expected.