By Blake Edwards
Losing their past three games, Illawarra RLFC will be looking to get their season back on track when they face the Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Saturday.
After the two sides featured in the 2016 finals series, the defending premiers and the Tigers currently sit outside the top eight and are coming off disappointing round five losses.
Both teams will be looking to right their wrongs as they look to fight their way back into the competition.
Illawarra coach Mat Head believes his side are lacking cohesion and have entered the last two contests with poor attitudes.
Head also admitted his greatest challenge thus far has been managing both full-time and part-time players.
Although the former Dragons and Tigers playmaker knew the challenges which came with the role, it is one he is keen to develop.
"The team are still learning as a group and I think it has shown out of the field with recent performances," Head said.
"Although the team performances haven’t been up to standard, we’re getting some really good performances from individuals. That's a positive as we have seen blokes elevated back into the top squad and make their NRL debuts.
"It will be an interesting contest this weekend with both teams in similar situations, but at the end of the day it will come down to attitude and enthusiasm.
"We have lacked both in recent times so I know my team will be looking to respond and correct this."