Riverina down Victoria Thunderbolts in first representative clash of the season

James Hay was a strong performer for Riverina under 23s on Saturday.
James Hay was a strong performer for Riverina under 23s on Saturday.

The Riverina under 23s got off to a bright start this season with a win over Victoria Thunderbolts under 20s on Saturday.

In hot conditions at Albury, the older players proved to strong to take a 30-16 win.

Coach Josh Cale was pleased by how things have started for the representative team.

“It was a good hit out,” Cale said.

“We’d only trained twice and I’m stll getting to know positions and names so it was good to see a few of the boys run around.

“I made a lot of changes with 21 players and made sure they got plenty of time.”

Riverina flew out of the blocks are were never headed.

Brothers forward James Hay was one of the standouts while Hayden Philp, Tory Barby and Hayden Jolliffe were strong in the second row.

Cale was also impressed by Ed Ansell’s performance in the backline while Tristan Dickson was dangerous from fullback.

There was some Riverina player in the Thunderbolts team with Matt Stimson, the younger brother of Storm forward Joe Stimson, and Nick Hay in the team.

The Riverina women’s team also scored a 18-8 win over Victoria earlier in the day.

However the under 16s and under 18s didn’t have as much luck.

The under 16s went down 50-0 while the under 18s lost 30-14. 

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