By Adam Lucius 

 

 

Local derby veteran Damien Cummins has warned the Marlins not to rely on passion alone to get them home against Warringah on Saturday.

 

The man they call "Turtle" played in 20 all-peninsula stoushes from 1993-2006 and knows better than most what it takes to knock over the old enemy.

 

"You need passion - it's an important ingredient for any football side - but you can’t just depend solely on that to get you home,' Cummins said on the eve of Saturday's visit to Rat Park.

 

"The pre-match talk means nothing once the game kicks off. If you don’t have a sound match plan and execute it well and keep up the intensity for 80 minutes, passion is not going to help you.

 

"The boys shouldn’t be going out there with the mindset that they've got to do anything radically different just because it's Warringah.

 

"If they keep their composure and stick to what they've been talking about, they will go alright."

 

But Cummins, who will strap on the boots in fourth grade before guiding the first grade Colts' fortunes later in the afternoon, admits victory over the Rats taste a touch sweeter.

 

"It probably means more to the fans, particularly those with close connections to the club, but it's always good to beat them," he said.

 

"I don't know if the local derby has the same intensity as it once did but it's a game you used to look forward to playing in.

 

"But at the end of the day it's still worth the same amount of points as any other game.

 

"You don't want to get caught up in the hype."

 

Saturday's game takes on extra significance for the Marlins, with former player and World Cup-winning ex-England coach Sir Clive Woodward expected to attend.