They are a work in progress but Canowindra Tigers Under 18 coach Callum Clyburn believes his young side can match it with the Group 10 and 11 clubs they will face off against in the newly formed Western competition this season.
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The Tigers had their first look at three of their opponents in the first round of the competition last weekend when they travelled to Wellington where the took on the Mudgee Dragons.
Despite going down 18-4 to the Dragons Clyburn was happy with the effort shown by his young side.
Most rounds of the Western competition this year will be double headers which meant Clyburn was able to take a look at two of this season's other opponents with Cowra and Wellington Cowboys also playing at the same venue.
"It was our first game together," Clyburn said of the young Tigers who have recruited from Molong and Cowra for this season.
"They played really well, we just a need a bit of work on our discipline and fitness as well.
"It was a really good effort considering they played a very good Group 10 side.
"They had some good players but we did stick it to them in the first two quarters and then they put a couple of tries on us before we scored towards the end of the game."
We did stick it to them in the first two quarters and then they put a couple of tries on us before we scored towards the end of the game- Tigers coach Callum Clyburn
As for fitness, Clyburn is confident the side will only improved.
"We've barely trained, we're training just on Fridays at present but some of the boys do want to train twice a week.
"With some of the boys travelling from Molong I just thought Friday (for training) was easy on them after they finish work.'
This weekend the Tigers travel to Cowra on Sunday for a match against the Wellington Cowboys.
"They'll be pretty tough, we watched them on the weekend (in their game against Cowra). It was a pretty fast game, both looked food sides but we'll go alright, we should hold it against the Group 10 and 11 sides."
The Tigers will travel to Cowra sporting a "few bumps and bruises" but Clyburn hopes to have up to 18 or 19 players at his disposal.
The extended squad gave him the opportunity last weekend to rotate players and give his players plenty of rest during the four quarters.
Dylan Slattery finished last weekend's opening round with an ankle injury but Clyburn is hopeful he'll take the field on Sunday.
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