Melbourne Rebels will return to the kicking game that has worked so well for them in a bid to clinch a Super Rugby play-off berth.
Victory over the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday will hand the eighth-placed Rebels a first ticket to the post-season.
Coach Dave Wessels believes they'll struggle to achieve that if they adopt the predictable spin-it-wide approach which didn't pass muster in losses to the Waratahs and Reds.
The Highlanders have become one of the most kick-heavy teams in Super Rugby since shifting to their indoor Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Wessels believes there is sound basis for that tactic under a roof and says his team will respond in kind.
A variety of kicks could be beneficial against a home team resting their lethal All Blacks fullback Ben Smith.
"We used kicking very effectively in the early part of the season and maybe moved away from it," Wessels told AAP.
"Our attack, certainly last week, has become a bit one-dimensional. If you serve up the same thing on every phase then a defence can react to that.
"When our attack is at its best, we're able to play through teams, around teams and go over teams with our kicking."
Employing a varied attack will shine the spotlight on five-eighth Reece Hodge, who is a proven outside back but whose credentials at No.10 are still a source of debate.
Injured trio Will Genia, Dane Haylett-Petty and Adam Coleman will miss the match, along with English lock Geoff Parling.
Wessels said the medical update barely caused a ripple for the other Melbourne players, who have become used to playing without the injured Wallabies stars this season.
Other players have stepped up to fill the void as the Rebels aim to plays finals just 12 months after the conclusion of their disastrous 2017 campaign.
"In reality, the team won one game last year. They came last of 18 teams," Wessels said.
"To have made the improvement that we have in a short space of time and be in contention for a play-off game is great for us.
"We know there's parts of our game that we still have to get better at but a long-term positive for is that we've now got a squad of 35 players with good Super Rugby experience who have been in big games."