South Dubbo players haven't had much to smile about this season but after Jimmy Kuntze's maiden half century, some hard hitting from Mitch Bower, and a late blitz from Scott Tucker, the Hornets have a golden chance to end their RSL-Whitney Cup campaign on a high.
Kuntze's 53 was a standout moment at No. 3 on Saturday while Bower made 61 in Souths' total of 190 against Rugby.
As he has so many times this season, Jacob Hill stood tall for Rugby and finished with an outstanding 5/30 from 12.1 overs.
But it was Tucker who took centre stage late in the day, jagging 4/5 from 6.5 overs to reduce Rugby to 4/24 at stumps.
"It'd be good to go out on a high," teenager Kuntze said, looking ahead to next week.
"We haven't had some Twenty20 wins this season but it would be really nice to get there."
Kuntze is one of a host of young players who has been given a chance this season.
After a host of off-season departures the Hornets put their faith in youth and while wins haven't appeared, the likes of Kuntze, Joe Yeo, and Oscar Robinson are just some of the younger players who have shown promise.
The biggest moment for Kuntze came on Saturday as the young gun based in Canowindra made the first 50 of his career.
"It was one of the better moments of the season for me," Kuntze said of his 53.
"We haven't played too well as a team but there has been a few good individual performances."
Kuntze was helped to his half century by the mentoring of Mitch Bower but the pair fell in quick succession as Hill took over and helped dismiss to Hornets for less than 200.
Rugby then had to get through the last 13 overs of the day but that session completely belonged to Tucker.
Tucker knocked over Ben Wheeler (12) and Hill (4) on his way to finishing with 4/5.