Two matches in 72 hours can provide the Illawarra Stingrays with a launch pad for their top-four assault, according to coach Brett Wallin.
Illawarra are fourth on the ladder with six games remaining, but have the opportunity to put six points in the bank over a hectic weekend of football.
They’ll host Blacktown Spartans on Sunday afternoon at JJ Kelly Park before backing up on Tuesday night against the Emerging Jets.
“It’s going to be tough,” Wallin said.
“Things certainly don’t get any easier for us but if we knock them off, then we play a mid-week game against the Jets.
“If we can get a result in both of those two, then I think we can start to settle a bit more and build from there.”
With just one win separating second placed Sydney University from the Spartans in sixth, points remain at a premium in the top grade.
Macarthur Rams lead the league by six points.