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NYC Premiership 

- Round 21 

- North Queensland Cowboys V Melbourne Storm  

- 30 July 2016 

- 1300 Smiles Stadium, Townsville, Qld 

- Scott Davis

A rugby league season can be a tough grind, even tougher when you’re just 19 years of age.

Coping with the travel, the training and the physicality can all wear a young team down towards the back end of the season.

However the Thunderbolts showed last week they are a team still with plenty to give in 2016.

Their 48-14 win over the Rabbitohs saw them record their seventh win of the season.

The result was a culmination of hard work and some renewed energy the side has enjoyed in recent weeks.

Be at AAMI Park when we take on the Broncos, Friday 26 August, 7:30pm.

“Over the last few weeks we’ve had a couple of guys make their debut which has brought a bit of energy to the squad,” Thunderbolts coach Eric Smith said.

“Having those new guys come in has definitely helped out as well, it has added a little bit of life to the squad.

“As a whole I think as a group they’ve been preparing themselves really well and holding themselves well for the back end of the year.”

The Thunderbolts face a difficult test against an in-form Canberra side on Saturday.

The Raiders, like their NRL team, have won six games in a row to sky-rocket into the top eight on the NYC ladder.

Storm’s Under-20s will look to cause the upset but will need to continued on from their efforts of last week to do so.