LAST time the Berry Magpies played Port Kembla at Noel Mulligan Oval, the Blacks picked up their only win of the season.
The memory of that day is certainly not lost on the Magpies players and their coach Nathan Benney is determined to make sure it does not happen again.
“We are confident, but I think it’s going to be a really big mental battle,” Benney said.
“We certainly can do it, but we need to give them the respect they deserve.
“I think that is what got us last season.”
The Magpies have been in good touch lately, particularly with their 30-16 win against Gerringong in their last game and they are all rested up after having the bye last week.
They just took it easy during their week off, but did get together on the Wednesday night to watch NSW end Queensland’s eight-year dominance in the State of Origin.
“It’s been a long time coming, so there were some pretty good celebrations after that,” Benney said.
Benney thinks having the week off was a good thing for them at this stage of the season and expects his side to be back feeling nice and fresh for this weekend.
Their season looks to have finally started to take shape and they are now potentially one win away from breaking into the top five, which is why they really want to keep the ball rolling this week.
“We have won three in a row now and had a bye, so it would mean 10 points in five weeks, which would be nice,” Benney said.
“I think we have had a bit of a change in attitude and we’re starting to feel like the top five is certainly within our sights.”