Lake Albert captain Isaac Cooper believes getting off to a good start is the number one priority against South Wagga on Saturday.
The Bulls face the formidable task of taking on the undefeated ladder leaders at Rawlings Park in a two-day fixture.
Lake Albert let a big opportunity slip last week when they let Kooringal Colts off the hook, as they chased down the Bulls' total of 210 after being in early trouble.
Now the Bulls must try to bounce back against a red-hot South Wagga team.
"Obviously we're going to have to play good cricket, consistently," Cooper said.
"We'll have to be on for 160 overs otherwise it can go pear-shaped."
Danny Webber returns for Lake Albert after missing last week's second day, while Nathan Charlton is out.
Cooper said the Bulls sole focus will be to start well.
"You've got to try and get off to a good start, get on the front foot and then see where you're at at the halfway point," he said.
"The game plan can change but we're definitely after a strong start."
Cooper said he would wait to inspect the Rawlings Park wicket before working out how to attack the Blues, in terms of batting or bowling first.
He conceded however that Lake Albert must bowl and bat extremely well to get close to South Wagga.
The Blues won their only encounter against Lake Albert this year, a one-day fixture, by nine wickets.