The St Albert's College women's sevens team have experienced a tough introduction to rugby union over the opening two rounds.
All but one player in the squad have never played rugby before and the first four matches they have played in have certainly been eye openers for them.
Round one saw them beaten convincingly by Tamworth in both matches before the second round saw them suffer a plethora of injuries at the hands of the Barbets.
Down on numbers and confidence, signs were pointing to no games this Saturday against the Pirates.
But Albies coach Jas Lincoln and Pirates coach Anthony Barbara came up with a plan.
They have decided to play two matches where the experienced Tamworth players will combine with the raw students to promote the sport and give the fresh-faced Albies squad a positive learning experience.
"I think our girls got a surprise from the physicality of Barbarians but it was a great learning experience at the same time," Lincoln said.
"We forfeited the match because we don't have enough players and we have a lot of girls new to the sport.
"But we are doing a great thing in the spirit of rugby, where Pirates and us are splitting our teams.
"We are going to have some wonderful games from the two split teams and we are going to have some mentoring from Kath Little and the Pirates coach Anthony Barbara."
The Pirates were in the Central North grand final last season and have a wealth of experience, as well as talent, among their ranks.
With his side sitting out round two due to Walcha playing Coffs, Barbara was keen to get some game time for his team as well as helping newcomers to the sport.
"I think it will be a positive day for the girls and hopefully we can share a bit of knowledge," he said.
"It sounds like they have gone through a bit of a rough trot the last couple of weeks but we are keen to help them out and do our bit for women's rugby."