While the Riverina Rhinos are still searching for their first win of the season, they are confident that the first points of the season are close.
The Rhinos have fallen to four defeats to start the season and face another tough challenge when they take on Canberra FC this weekend at Solar Mad Stadium.
"Canberra FC is one of the higher achieving teams in the competition," coach Gabriel Abdala said.
"This is why we are here we want to test ourselves against the best teams."
While not wanting to use it as an excuse, Abdala felt that some of the decisions went against his side last week and it put them on the back foot.
"We were able to compete against the best team in the competition last weekend," he said.
"As much as we keep going back to the penalties, from my perspective both calls were very borderline.
"We fell behind to two goals from penalties and restricted them to two goals from open play."
Despite the tough start to the season, Abdala said the atmosphere around the side was starting to become more positive.
"There has been a bit of a resurgence around the group in recent weeks," he said.
"I think it comes down to the way we are training. We know the level we need to be at to compete at this level, and I fell the players are starting to believe in their ability."
Finishing has continued to be an issue for the Rhinos with only two goals for the side this weekend, one of which came on the weekend courtesy of an own goal.
Abdala is confident that once the goal was found, the floodgate would open.
"It has been one of our grey areas in being able to find that finishing touch," he said.
"We now have the players in place that I feel can change this.
"Once we get one, I am confident that many will follow and hopefully this will bring points as well."
Canberra FC has endured a tough start to the season with two losses to start the season before picking up two wins and a loss over the last three weeks.
With no youth fixtures this weekend there will be only two games played at Solar Mad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The under 20s will kick off at 1pm while the first-grade fixture will follow at 3pm.