The U20 Victoria Thunderbolts and the NRL Victoria Women’s teams both suffered narrow losses during trial matches at Albury on Saturday.
Both games were played at Albury Sports Ground as a curtain raiser to the NRL trial between South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Riverina.
Riverina Women’s d NRL Victoria Women’s 20-12
The Riverina side led 10-8 at halftime and extended the lead in the second half.
NRL Victoria Women’s used the trial to assist in selecting the final 20 players for the Combined Affiliated States Championships to be held in Sydney over Easter.
U23 Riverina d U20 Victoria Thunderbolts 38-34
Thunderbolts were commanding in the first half and led 26-14 at the main break.
“It was good to dust off the cobwebs after 13 weeks of training,” head coach Ben Jack said.
“The boys really ripped in.”
This was the first hit-out for the U20s with the game used for final squad selection.
The U20s Thunderbolts will play a final trial against Wests Tigers on Saturday March 2 in Sydney, prior to the Jersey Flegg competition kicking off on Friday March 22.
They will take on the Canberra Raiders in Canberra in round two, following a comp bye in round one.