RENNIE coach Ryan Forsyth believes confidence is behind the Hoppers’ early season turnaround.
Rennie lost its opening three games of the season but has responded by winning its past three and are now entrenched inside the top five.
Forsyth said his team had grown in confidence after being thumped by premiership favourite Tungamah in round 1.
“We had a pretty tough start to the year against Tungamah,” he said.
“I think we lacked a bit of confidence after that game.
“We wasted opportunities in the next couple of games but we have started to grow in confidence, which is promising.
“We’ve got a big game this week.”
The Hoppers have made a habit of starting seasons slowly.
They didn’t record their first win until round 5 last season.
“We’ve turned it around a bit quicker this year,” Forsyth said.
“It’s important we have another win this week.
“Waaia have had the better of us in the past couple of years.”
Katamatite should record an important win at Dookie United.
Shepparton East should down Katunga and the Tungamah show should roll on at Katandra.