Despite a one-sided scoreline, the Canowindra Tigers proved they can put the pressure on the top sides in the Maas Group Western Youth League.
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In front of a hometown crowd, the Tigers went down to the second placed Parkes Spaceman 28-6, but the Tigers' Barry Traves said the result didn't reflect the effort put in by the young side.
"Very enthusiastic play from the Tigers," he said.
"They are digging in, it's a great effort."
The Canowindra juniors were able to hold Parkes out until just before quarter time when Jammara Goolagong crossed the stripe and posted the first points for the Spacemen.
From there, Parkes kept Canowindra camped in their half with Dodo Sadrodro and James Parsons scoring for the visitors.
With 15 minutes, Will Cain got Canowindra on the scoreboard, with Joel Wheeler kicking the conversion to take it to 18-6.
While there were mounting hopes of a comeback from the Tigers, the Spacemen crossed twice before the hooter to take the final score to 28-6.
Traves praised Canowindra's ability to stay in the contest against one the top sides in the competition.
"This team [Parkes] is running second, only got beat by Forbes, the top team 14-12 last week," he said.
"[It's] a great effort from the young Tigers against a very promising Parkes Spacemen side, they've got a number of representative players in their side."
Traves highlighted the performances of back rower Wade Kinsela, Pedro Tapim and Kelsey Pollard, with the latter sustaining a game-ending injury in the last quarter of play.
"Good game by Pedro, Wade Kinsela is leading them out in the centres, Kelsey Pollard in the middle is tackling his butt off in there," he said.
"The front row forwards are rotating well. [There was an] injury to Kelsey Pollard, [but] everybody come through the quite well."
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