CAN Albion Park-Oak Flats be genuine contenders this year?
We might find out more about their Group Seven campaign after Sunday's clash with Kiama at Centenary Field.
The Eagles are fifth on the ladder, but just one point behind premiers Shellharbour and the Knights and two behind second-placed Gerringong, with Jamberoo sitting at the top as the only unbeaten team.
There's a sense Albion Park-Oak Flats have been building towards an occasion like Sunday, having claimed victory over Nowra-Bomaderry and Berry-Shoalhaven Heads.
But they've also fallen short in their two major examinations this season, against Jamberoo (20-nil) and Shellharbour (28-14).
The Eagles also have the vast NRL experience of former Bulldogs premiership and Steelers player Luke Patten.
Kiama coach Matt Clarke was quick to look ahead after beating the winless Stingrays 68-nil last Sunday.
The Knights tackle the Sharks next weekend after meeting the Eagles.
"We're not going as well as we want to, but there's a couple of big games coming up, so a big challenge," he said.
Elsewhere, Jamberoo face testing trip to Nowra Showground to take on the Jets, who secured a draw against Shellharbour in round five.
The Sharks will start raging favourites against Berry-Shoalhaven Heads on Saturday, while Gerringong are also expected to overpower the Stingrays on Sunday.
In the other game, Warilla will be hoping to stay in touch with the top five by beating Milton-Ulladulla on Sunday.