Milton-Ulladulla have received good and bad news on the injury front leading up to this afternoon's minor semi-final against Jamberoo at Mollymook Oval.
The Bulldogs have welcomed back Sam Stewart and Thomas Cook from injury lay-offs, but linchpin forward Gary Warburton is out after tearing a hamstring in last week's 22-16 loss to Warilla in the qualifying final.
"It's a major blow for us, but we'll front up with what we've got," Dogs coach Ross Warburton said. "No doubt we'd love to have Gary, but we get Cooky and Sam Stewart back, so we're almost back to our original team from the early part of the season.
"We're feeling very positive and looking forward to being back on our home turf."
If regular season results are any guide, the Bulldogs should have the Superoos' measure.
After destroying the Roos 54-18 on the road in round seven, Milton prevailed 38-22 in the return clash at Mollymook in round 16.
The Dogs are taking nothing for granted.
"They're very competitive, they play a good brand of football and they've got some speed out in the backline that has to be respected," Warburton said.
"They're a good team and we'll give them the respect they deserve."
Last week's game against Warilla showed the Dogs are regaining their early-season form.
"We showed a bit of commitment and effort, and competed a lot better than we had in previous weeks and I'm confident we can build on that," Warburton said.
"We should have the crowd there behind us. Hopefully it's a major factor and gives us that extra lift."
The Superoos kept their premiership hopes alive with last week's 20-14 elimination final victory over Kiama.
"The boys are really positive. We're looking forward to getting down there and getting into it," Jamberoo captain-coach Matt Coelho said.
"I dare say the pressure's on them.
"They're on their home ground and they were up there as one of the form teams all year.
"We've got no pressure on us at all. Not many people expect us to win. We know we can do the job and we're confident we can do the job.
"The boys are pumped and can't wait to get down there."