CABRAMATTA have kept their finals dreams alive with a gritty 24-16 win against local rivals Mounties at the weekend.
The five try to three win came at a cost with halfback Bobbie Goulding and backrower Brad Croad both suffering injuries.
They join a mounting injury toll for the sixth-placed Two Blues which includes captain Shannon Gallant.
Coach Jason Williams praises the depth of the club with the Two Blues forced to use several players from the Sydney Shield.
"There are a number of guys that keep stepping up and showing that they are more than capable of matching it with any team in the Ron Massey Cup," he said.
"Mounties are a really good side, and for us to come away with the two points under the circumstances, is very pleasing.
"I am really proud of the way the boys played, we led from start to finish and really dug deep for each other."
The loss leaves Mounties on 25 points and in a three-way jog jam for second place.
They will be helped by a favourable draw which sees them play cellar dwellers Burwood and the seventh placed Auburn Warriors in the final two rounds.
For the Two Blues, their path to the finals is tougher with games against Wests (fifth) and The Entrance (fourth).
In the NSW Cup, Mounties kept their top four hopes alive with a crushing 40-0 win against North Sydney. The seven try rout was their 13th win of the year and moves them to 30 competition points and into fifth place on points differential.
Mounties play the minor premiers Penrith Panthers and the Cronulla Sharks in the final two rounds.