Junee’s place in the finals is under fire following another disappointing effort.
The Diesels have lost two straight and three of their last four following a 40-10 loss to Gundagai on Sunday.
Junee scored a big win over their rivals earlier in the season, but were never really in the hunt at Anzac Park.
The Tigers scored three tries in the first 10 minutes, and despite not scoring again until the 64th minute were always in control.
Diesels coach Jim Vatubuli was disappointed by the performance.
“We just didn’t dig hard enough as there were stages were we had the momentum coming into half-time, but we come back out and fell short again,” Vatubuli said.
“We have a few game changers in there but it didn’t go our way and it would have been better if we completed our sets.”
The Diesels remain in fourth place on the ladder but now the Tigers are a win, plus percentage, clear.
They remain ahead of Cootamundra on for and against but even that took a big hit on Sunday.
The Bulldogs also have a game in hand but face second placed Brothers to complete the split round next weekend.
The Diesels haven’t been out of the top four all season, but Vatubuli fears they have lost the spark they had earlier in the year.
It is a worry as the season nears its crescendo.
“Any coach has got to be worried as if you want to play finals this is where you have to set up yourself up,” he said.
“Every game must be a win game and if you are losing you just put yourselves in a bad spot.
“There are third teams in third place and we are in the middle so this loss pushes that out a bit more.”
Finding that spark should be helped by the return of captain Daniel Foley from an overseas holiday for their next game against Cootamundra before away games against Southcity and Young.
However it wasn’t all bad news at Anzac Park with the leaguetag team scoring their first win of the season.
They held on to down Gundagai, who are sitting second last on the ladder, 18-16.