Helensburgh coach Ben Haran is confident the premiership-starved Tigers won't make the mistake of looking past this Sunday's final against Wests.
The Tigers were minutes away from securing a grand final berth in last weekend's major semifinal against Collegians, only to let a 28-20 lead turn into a heart-breaking 30-28 loss.
Disappointed as they were after the game, the Burgh have shifted their focus to the showdown with Wests.
The club hasn't won a first-grade premiership for 20 years and the 2013 side is on a mission to break the drought.
But as much as they want another shot at the Dogs, the Tigers know they would be foolish to underestimate the rejuvenated Devils, who have already knocked out Shellharbour and reigning premiers Thirroul.
"We know we've got a tough hurdle in Wests," Haran said.
"They're a good bunch of footy players and they know how to play semi-final footy. They've hit a bit of form and they'll be looking forward to getting a crack at us, so we have to be ready.
"We've done the hard work during the year to give ourselves two chances and we have to make the most of our second chance."
The Dogs' fightback overshadowed the send-off of hooker Jimmy Storer in the 60th minute for his role in a brawl.
Spectators were scratching their heads after Collies played out the match with 13 players, but the confusion was cleared up when it was revealed Storer had found himself in the unique situation of being sent off from the interchange bench.
Even without the dynamic Storer's input, the Dogs found a way to win.
The Tigers are now 0-3 against Collies in 2013, but Haran said none of the defeats had shaken his team's resolve.
"We're getting closer," he said.
"Like I said to the boys, we only have to beat Collies once this year, so let's make it when it counts."
Several Tigers are expected to take charge on Sunday, particularly fullback Jason Raper.
After scoring three tries in two finals games, Raper will be keen to create similar problems for the Devils.
Wests appeared to be fragmenting heading into the finals.
They lost five of their past six regular season games, while captain-coach Reece Simmonds was controversially stood down a week out from the play-offs.
But they were too good for the Sharks in the elimination final and were even better in last week's minor semi-final victory over Thirroul.
"The last couple of games we've completed 80 per cent, and that's what you have to do in semi-finals," Wests co-captain Matt Clarke said.
"We'll only look as far as this weekend, but hopefully we can knock the two teams off that have been the teams to beat all year."
Departing Thirroul coach Phil Ostwald said the Devils wouldn't go quietly against the Tigers.
"They were good against us. Their defence was excellent," he said. "They've got a lot of spirit back in the club."
Dragons veteran Nathan Fien has been signed to coach the Butchers next season.