Rotoiti women excited after week off

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CRUNCH: Rotoiti's women's rugby team (light blue dark blue and red) are back in action tomorrow after a week off with the bye last weekend. PHOTO/FILE A_070517bf12.JPG

Rotoiti should be refreshed from last weekend's bye when they host Waimana tomorrow.

Waimana, tested last weekend by Waikite, secured themselves a two-point victory in an impressive match.

Rotoiti will be faced with yet another challenging match this weekend, but will no doubt be competitive as they continue to grow.

Rotoiti head coach Victoria Grant is excited for the game.

"We are looking forward to our game against Waimana this weekend, we have a noho planned for this weekend prior to our game which will be great for our team building."

Grant said her team would continue to concentrate on team development.

"Focus for our team is working together on building our structure and phases throughout the game," she said.

"Waimana is a strong team with good set piece and phase play we will be looking to counter this by applying pressure at the breakdown and our line speed through our defensive line."

Waimana coach Lauralee Hillman is confident her team will produce a strong performance and is pleased with progress to date.

"Our key focus is turning up to training so we can focus on our game plan. We are pretty confident about this weekend, as our team is slowly gelling which is awesome to see. But last week we had no training due to the weather and lack of commitment. So hopefully we get a better turnout this week," said Hillman.

Saturday: Te Whanau Apanui v Rangiuru at Te Kura Mana Maori o Whangaparoa 1pm

Sunday (kick-off 1pm): Waikite v Rangataua at Bellvue Rd, Rotoiti v Waimana at Emery Park, Whakarewarewa - bye

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