THE QUEANBEYAN Blues have responded to a two-point loss against cross-town rivals the Roos a fortnight ago with a record 98 to nil drubbing of West Belconnen Warriors on Saturday.
In what was the biggest winning margin in the comp since 1999, Blues players Tyler Stevens, Josh Chudleigh and Scott Rutland ran rampant and scored hat-tricks a piece, while Craig Wilkinson kicked 15 goals.
It's the biggest winning margin that coach Simon Woolford has presided over at the Blues, but he told The Queanbeyan Age that the side wasn't getting carried away with a dominant win against the bottom-placed Warriors.
"Obviously everybody's pretty happy with it, but we're also realistic knowing that we're going to be coming against much better opposition over the next month," Woolford said.
"Maybe the loss against the Roos was the kick in the pants we needed, but we'll just wait and see over the next couple of weeks what sort of effect that's had."
But the Blues will have to wait another week before they hit the semi-finals with a rescheduled match against fourth-placed Tuggeranong Bushrangers to take place this Saturday at Seiffert Oval.
The much-improved Bushrangers knocked over the Roos last weekend 24 points to 20, and Woolford said the young side would prove a great pre-finals test for the Blues.
"That will be a tougher game for sure. They've confirmed their spot in the top four and have done really well.
"They've surprised a lot of people this year. They've beaten sides like Goulburn to book a spot in the top four, and they're very young and enthusiastic. So we're going to have to be on our game," he said.
Meanwhile the Blues are still waiting on their top two fullbacks Trae Clarke and Sam Langford to return from injury.
Neither will be fit to play the Bushrangers but Woolford said he expected Clarke back by the semi-final and Langford back a week after.