Te Puna is hopeful their competition fortunes are improving as they look to secure back-to-back wins heading into their clash with Rangiuru.
Recording their first win of the season last week with a tense 31-29 win Whakarewarewa, the side from Maramatanga Park is using the elation and relief to breathe life back into their Bayfair Baywide Premier Club Rugby campaign.
Standing in their way is newly promoted Rangiuru also languishing at the bottom of the ladder with the sole win against Mount Maunganui to show for their efforts.
Te Puna head coach Erin Cossey says last week’s win is a huge relief for the side.
“Even though we have been losing, the character building within the team has been great. The win has made us feel a lot more confident as we had been lacking in self belief,” says Cossey.
“We need to go in with the right game plan against Rangiuru who we have huge of respect for."
Rangiuru head coach Peter Woods admits the side is still adjusting to the increase in tempo, describing it as “character and confidence building”.
“The boys have got to front up and we’ve got to cut down on the little errors we’ve been making,” says Woods.
“We know each game is going to be hard. We have had a few injuries but now those players are back on board so we’re looking forward to the game."
In other matches Rangataua and Greerton Marist square off in a mid-table clash while leaders Tauranga Sports host Rotoiti at the Tauranga Domain.
Development Kick off 1pm
Premier Kick off 2.45pm
Rangataua vs Greerton Marist at Te Ariki Park.
Opotiki vs Mount Maunganui at Princess Street Reserve.
Te Puke vs Whakarewarewa at Murray Salt Stadium.
Tauranga Sports vs Rotoiti at Tauranga Domain.
Te Puna vs Rangiuru at Maramatanga Park.