Whakarewarewa have been slowly building throughout the 2019 Baywide Premier rugby season.

They started with comfortable wins over Te Teko and Ōpōtiki before losing three games straight, against Te Puna, Tauranga Sports and Greerton.

With their hopes of a top eight finish and spot in the Premier 1 championship slipping from their grasps, a win over Rangataua was crucial and they just scraped through with a two-point win.

On Saturday they went up against their old rivals Rotoiti, the only other Rotorua club in the top division, at home knowing a win would all but secure a top eight finish.

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