With his team sitting fifth on the ladder and with just two matches remaining, University coach Shaun McCreedy recognises his side has arrived at crunch time.
There are no more second chances, no more waiting for players to return from injury, no more excuses. The Bulls have to win.
McCreedy is blunt about that fact and with his team having spent the past fortnight licking their wounds after a 47-13 shellacking from Shamrocks, he's looking forward to watching a determined squad run out when University host Campbelltown on Saturday afternoon.
"We've had a few good wins, but Shamrocks put us to the sword in our last match," McCreedy said. "We're hurting from that and the group is dying to get back out there and make amends for a poor performance on the field.
"The boys know what's at play this weekend and Campbelltown will be confident after a big win over Camden last week. We're still battling a number of injuries, but we know if we don't win this weekend we're just about gone.
"The boys are focused on turning up and taking care of our business on Saturday."
In a similar vein to 2018, University have been forced to battle a string of injuries throughout the season. With a number of players ruled out for the year, veterans Donovan Nepia and Tom Baker have been forced to stand up and lead the team's attack.
They have largely impressed in that role and the Bulls remain in a three-way tussle for the final two spots in the top four with Vikings and Shamrocks.
Vikings currently sit third on 56 points, Shamrocks fourth on 55 and Uni fifth on 53.
Despite the fact they currently sit on the outside looking in, Uni remain every chance to climb into the four thanks to a favourable draw. The match with 10th-placed Campbelltown this week is followed by a last-round trip to Kiama.
Shamrocks travel up to face Camden this weekend before they host Shoalhaven next week, while Vikings have the toughest run home of the three sides.
Sean Barrett's men will play Avondale on Saturday before they are forced to make a last-round trip to Bowral in what will likely be a do or die clash for Vikings.
With two winnable games to finish the season, McCreedy remains confident his side will play finals in 2019. He is cautious, however, of looking too far ahead and knows they must do a job this weekend to even contemplate finals permutations in a week's time.
"There is a confidence within the group that we can beat Avondale and Bowral on our day, but we need to take care of these two wins or else it's not going to matter.
"We believe we can give the finals a shake if we get there, but we can't look too far ahead. We need to win these last two games."
Saturday's other matches will see Tech take on Kiama at Saunders Oval and Bowral make the challenging trip south to Shoalhaven in their bid to bounce back from their shock loss to Camden a fortnight ago.
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