With two rounds played, the Baywide Women's competition is getting into full swing as each and every team strives for momentum.
Whakarewarewa have had two very different weeks. In round one they finished strongly to beat Waikite 36-22, but could not keep up in a 68-0 loss to a rampant Rangiuru last weekend.
On Sunday they host Rangataua who will be no easy beats having beaten both Rotoiti and Waimana by more than 50 points.
Whakarewarewa coach Ron James took "plenty of positives" from the game against Rangiuru, despite the loss. He was most pleased with the way they kept fighting to the end, regardless of the scoreline.
There were several players unavailable for that game and therefore some who were there were forced to play out of position.
"Rangataua are always strong, they have some good experienced players. We've got a few back from injury and from overseas this weekend though, so we'll step up to the mark," James said.
Meanwhile, Rotoiti will look to bounce back from consecutive losses when they travel to Waimana.
Despite going down 98-0 and 69-5 to Rangiuru and Rangataua respectively, coach Victoria Grant said her side was improving with every game.
"There was heaps of improvement last week. We actually put together what we've been doing in training and the girls were really committed to working on our set piece and our defence. It made a huge difference and I was actually really happy with our performance."
Grant said the key this weekend was to keep building on that improvement and there were a couple of players leading the way.
"Waimana are a strong forward pack, so we really want to rise to the challenge with that and continue on our work with the set piece and creating opportunities from there.
"Polly Playle, our halfback, is really good at conducting play, but also Kiri Haimona. She moved into flanker from second five and she was our player of the day last week. She'll stay in the forwards this week, she's been with us about three years and she's very good defensively and at the break down.
"Waimana have really strong runners, they carry the ball well and they're a team that really work well together. They are strong and it will be a good gauge for us. We've been working on our defence and making sure we have more than one in the tackle. That's our focus on and off the field, supporting each other and there's more than one way to do that."
Waikite will be refreshed, after sitting out the bye last weekend, when they travel to Matata, but will be without two of their most experienced players. Eliza Stephens injured her ankle in round one and has been ruled out for the season and captain Janina Khan is unavailable this weekend.
Coach Shane Wilson said they were two big losses, but he expected other players to step up in their absence.
"That's our leadership, they're both experienced Bay of Plenty players, but we have some fairly enthusiastic girls ready to step up and take the reins. Jamie Haumaha will be captain this weekend and I've told her she just needs to keep leading from the front, I hope she embraces it."
With it being Matata's first year in the competition they are largely an unknown quantity.
Wilson said his team would be focusing on themselves, not the opposition, but it was good to see a new team formed.
"It's awesome, it brings the level of rugby up in the Bay and exposes more players to the game, it's really good."