You can't win a competition without a few older heads, and you can't win a competition without at least a little youth and exuberance in the side.
Luckily for the reserve grade Rabbitohs, they're blessed with both.
South Sydney will take on the Sydney Roosters' feeder team, the North Sydney Bears, on Sunday afternoon at CommBank Stadium, shifting the focus from their dismal first-grade side's antics, and onto a decider.
Exciting youngsters Ben Lovett, Tallis Duncan and Tyrone Munro will all play their parts, while the slightly older Shaquai Mitchell and Izaac Thompson were both integral in the side's win over the Bears a fortnight ago.
Blake Taaffe has won a Jersey Flegg decider for the Bunnies and has played in an NRL Grand Final as well, and the electric fullback will be eager to finish his time in Redfern with a premiership, regardless of the grade.
Peter Mamouzelos has floated around the NRL side since debuting two years ago, and has long been touted as the eventual replacement for Damien Cook. The rake has a World Cup under his belt with Greece, with rival clubs certain to be watching the young hooker.
While he hasn't grabbed his NRL opportunities, halfback Dean Hawkins has lit up reserve grade this season, earning the competition's player of the year award, and a win on the big stage here could apply real pressure to Lachlan Ilias in 2024.
However, in the heart of it all, is Yileen 'Buddy' Gordon, a forgotten name by many, ready to finish his South Sydney jersey long, long after it began.
When Gordon debuted for the Rabbits all the way back in 2005, the same year Jesse Southwell was born, he ran out alongside the likes of Adam MacDougall, Shannon Hegarty, Mark Minichiello, Ashely Harrison, David Fa'alogo and a baby-faced John Sutton.
Now, he's running out with South Sydney's 'generation next' as a 36-year-old in a decider, looking to put the cherry on top of a rugby league career spanning just five months shorter than Tyrone Munro's life so far.
Head coach Joe O'Callaghan believes the likes of Gordon and Munro are what the NSW Cup is all about, youngster's rising through the ranks and veterans amidst their swan songs.
“Having that mix is what reserve grade is all about. There's some great stories and Yileen is a good example,” O'Callaghan told The Daily Telegraph.
The Rabbitohs will face North Sydney at 3:00pm AEST on Sunday, with the winner set to face Melbourne feeder side, the Brisbane Tigers, on NRL Grand Final day.