Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong coach Christin Macri has declared the Lions must turn up with greater intensity to be any chance of a second win over Wagga Tigers.
The Lions upset Tigers by one point earlier in the season with a Jethro Peck goal after the siren handing GGGM a memorable victory.
The two teams will go head-to-head again at Robertson Oval on Saturday with Tigers looking to string together a fifth straight win to keep them on top of the Riverina League ladder.
The fourth-placed Lions were overrun by Coolamon in last week's derby and Macri wants to see a response from his group on Saturday.
"On review, we lacked intensity, the high intensity we like to have, all day and that was the most disappointing thing for me," Macri said.
"I said to the boys after the game and during the week, that was the most disappointing thing about it. We weren't right up in for the contest and we lost the game accordingly."
Macri said the win over Tigers earlier in the year proves that the Lions' best football is good enough. But he stressed that the Lions must lift their intensity firstly.
"We know we can compete with them. We know our best footy can compete with the top sides, we've just got to bring that high intensity pressure game, which we know is our best footy. And we've got to do it the whole time," he said.
"Our losses this year, we haven't brought that intensity and with how even the competition is, you've only got to be off that little bit and you lose. And for us, that's what it is.
"With the conditions that are expected (Saturday) as well, you've got to play footy, you've got to get there and be prepared to get dirty, wet and cold."
The Lions will welcome back young gun Matt Hamblin and Dylan Cook on Saturday but lose Matt Knagge (knee) and Zac Wiencke (hamstring).
Knagge is only expected to miss one game with his knee, while Wiencke did his hamstring at training and now faces a few weeks on the sidelines.
Macri acknowledges there is not many tougher tests than playing the ladder leaders on their home ground but wants to see a response from the Lions.
"We'd love to have a win to stay in touch with the top three but I'm more after how we perform and play. A loss (on Saturday) is not going to end our season," he said.
"It's about responding from last week and playing with that high intensity and ticking that off.
"We're not going to win every game but if we play close to our best as possible then we'll win more than we lose. A lot of its played between the eyes in footy, for one reason or another, and in this competition if you don't turn up ready to go then you'll lose those games."