University are counting on their big-game players to lead the charge in Sunday's elimination semi-final match against Vikings at Shoalhaven Rugby Park.
The Mallee Bulls will take on the Blueys for the second time in as many weeks after they met in the final round of the season last Saturday at Vikings Field.
Uni overcame a poor start to win 29-23 but almost came undone with their propensity to attack from anywhere on the field.
The Bulls need their playmakers to pull the right strings in the decision-making department, particularly NSW Country five-eighth Don Nepia.
"It's good having those Country boys and now that we're getting into the fun part of the season, we'll expect to see a few of those boys really start to step it up and play a bit more of a prominent role within the side," Bulls coach Shaun McCreedy said.
"We just have to eliminate all our unforced errors. We made a lot of them in the first half on Saturday, and if we can limit those we'll be able to assert and maintain a lot more pressure."
He was confident he can name a stronger starting side than the one that finished the regular season.
"We had some injuries. It was a chance for some of the younger guys to step up and it gave us a look where we are as an entire squad," McCreedy said.
"We're slowly getting more back and we should have a couple more back this week."
After they leaked 125 points in their previous two games, the Bulls stiffened their defence against Vikings.
"In those two losses, that was an area we were poor in; falling off one-on-one tackles," McCreedy said.
"Every now and then we broke down against Vikings but as the game wore on we got a lot better defensively and started to work a lot harder. Hopefully, it will continue to get better."
The Blueys were resigned to the absence of key players due to injury but co-coaches Shannon Fraser and Mark Foster were confident their side would rise to the occasion.
Meanwhile, Woonona Shamrocks will lock horns with Camden in Saturday's qualifying semi-final clash at Camden Rugby Park.
Camden are contesting their first finals series since 1998.
Despite finishing the regular season with byes over the final two rounds, the Rams came second behind Avondale while the Rocks came third after thrashing Kiama.
Shammies beat Camden by nine points in their first meeting before the Rams struck back with a 32-6 win in their rematch.