Dragons, Bears on track to impress
LITCHFIELD and Nightcliff began their NRL NT campaigns with a trial match on Saturday night – and both coaches liked what they saw.
The Litchfield Bears scraped home with a 6-4 win in a contest played over three 20minute periods.
Dragons boss Daniel Roach said both teams held nothing back in a tight tussle.
“I was really impressed with our defence. There were a couple of little areas that we need to work on, but they worked as a team,” he said.
“For a bunch of blokes that hadn’t played together before, they stood up and went well.
“The boys are really committed. I had them there two hours before the match and they all got there on time, it was something I hadn’t had in a while.”
Bears coach Jake Barnes said it was a relief for the rural club to finally hit the paddock.
“It was a bit scrappy, there was a fair bit of drop ball, but it was a good game,” he said.
“The referee let it flow. It was fast-paced and played at a high intensity for a trial match.”
Barnes was most impressed with new recruit Tyrone Jennings, who has returned to his junior club after a stint at Palmerston.
“Tyrone has come back over and was really impressive at fullback. David Jacobson was good at five-eighth and Jordy Lynas really stood up in the forwards,” he said.
“(Jennings) will probably move into the centres.
“He’s put on about five or six kilograms in the off-season and had a really, really good game at the back. One-on-one, he’s going to be a handful for defences this year.”
Barnes said he was most pleased with how his key players gelled.
“It was good to have a look at our new hooker Sam McCauley, Kyle Ramage, (Jacobson) and Jennings, our spine,” he said.
“They’ve been working pretty closely together over the past five weeks. It was good to let them take some ownership and lead us around.”