A LOT can change in a week of Group Seven Rugby League.
This time last week, premier Kiama were riding high after a thrilling win against Nowra-Bomaderry, which moved them into the all-important top three.
However, that all changed on Sunday when the Knights relinquished an 18-nil lead to the Sharks at Ron Costello Oval - to slump to their third loss of the season.
"Our first half was great, as we completed at more than 90 per cent," said Kiama halfback Cam Vazzoler.
"However, our attitude completely changed in the second half when we didn't have the ball - which wasn't helped by us completing less than 50 per cent of our sets.
"As a team, we weren't prepared to put our bodies on the line and get in front of the Sharks' attackers.
"It was probably the worst half of footy we've played this season.
"We can't dwell on it and need to fix it up quickly, because we know it's not good enough."
Vazzoler and his Knights will get a chance to bounce back this Sunday, when they host Albion Park-Oak Flats, who are celebrating centre Blake Jones' 100th first grade game, at the Kiama Showground.
"We know Park will be just as desperate as us, because they are still a chance of making finals too," Vazzoler, who spent time with the Eagles during his junior career, said.
"Although their record doesn't suggest it, they've been in every single game they've played.
"They have a big forward pack that we will need to slow down.
"If we do that, I have confidence our outside backs can punish the Eagles and put points on the board."
A big part of Sunday's fixture will be the opening 10 minutes, which the 2018 Michael Cronin Medal winner admits has been a focus for his side.
"Against Berry and Nowra, we conceded really early tries, so we really wanted to improve that against Shellharbour, which we did," Vazzoler, who admits his own form has been up and down in 2020 as he tries to take on more responsibility as a senior player of the side, said.
"However, our second half was poor, so it's up to us to stay switched on for the full 80 minutes.
"In years past, we have prided ourselves on constantly turning up for our mates and never giving up.
"We need to regain that aggression and desperation on the field, which I'm confident we can.
"If we do that, we know we can compete with anyone in this league."
With a bye in the last round, Sunday's fixture is Kiama's last chance to guarantee finals football in 2020.
"Our finals destiny is currently in our own hands - if we win this weekend, we're in the five," Vazzoler, who's side is expected to welcome back five-eighth Tom Atkins from injury, said.
"However, if we lose, we have to depend on results in the final round, which is never a good position to be in.
"As long as we are in the finals, we know we can go all the way, which we showed from fourth position last season.
"All the boys will be ready to cement our spot come Sunday."
Elsewhere on Sunday, Stingrays host Jamberoo at Flinders Field.
Then on Saturday, the Gorillas travel to the Berry Showground to play the Magpies and Gerringong battles Nowra-Bomaderry in a top of the table clash, while Shellharbour has the bye.
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