Central West co-coach Stuart Webster said the under-20s would have a strong forward pack for the upcoming Southern Provincial Championships (SPC) after an impressive display against Parramatta on Saturday.
The Blue Bulls 20s beat the Parramatta colts side two tries to one in a trial at Endeavour Oval.
Orange City’s Jeremy Dombrain and Forbes’ James King scored the tries out wide for Central West.
“For a first-up tilt it was quite pleasing,” said Webster, who will coach the side with Chris Meiklejohn and Warren Petty.
“Obviously all the guys were out of nick a bit.
“We have a scrum that should stand up well.
“The front row performed well, which is something we lacked last year.”
Webster said Orange back rowers Jason Welburn (Emus) and Todd Morrissey (City) were among the standouts for Central West.
He added that Bathurst Bulldogs second rower Adam Dwyer, Patrick Meiklejohn, Emus half John Mahoney and NSW Country under-20 hooker Adam Rayner also impressed.
“We’ve got quite a few strong players,” Webster said.
“We were quite good in general play, but we still need a bit more structure, which will come.”
The Blue Bulls play ACT side Tuggeranong at Walmer Park on Saturday, followed by Eastwood the following Saturday at CSU.
Webster said the next two trials would be good hit-outs before the first-round SPC match against Illawarra in Blayney on Saturday, March 5.
Meanwhile, Dubbo Rhinos and Kangaroos clubs will continue their build-up for the football gala day to be held at Apex Oval on Saturday, March 12.
Being held to officially open the new grandstand at Apex Oval, the football day will feature rugby league and rugby.
The event will kick off with the Dubbo under-16 carnival grand final, which will start earlier in
the day, followed by CYMS and Macquarie under-18s.
The Kangaroos and Rhinos will play the main preliminary match before Group 11 first grade premiers CYMS go head to head with Dubbo Macquarie in the main match – a game that also doubles as the first round of the pre-season competition.
Goodness knows when the last combined football program was held in Dubbo, so this day will be something special.
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