ORANGE City picked up where it left off in 2013 in a trial match with the Central West colts on Sunday at Pride Park.
Boasting the same forward pack that went through the 2013 Blowes Clothing Cup season undefeated premiers, minus stalwart Chris Barrett, Orange City romped home in the trial.
“I’ve got no idea what the score ended up being,” Mick Gray, coach of both teams, said.
“Orange City definitely won though.”
The trial was played over four 20-minute quarters, and Gray said he couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick-start Orange City’s pre-season.
“We had a reasonably strong team,” he explained. “The boys pretty much picked up where they left off last year, they already have plenty of combinations. Everyone went pretty well really. Our scrum in particular was very pleasing.”
Gray predicted the trial would be a catalyst for Orange City to begin serious preparations for the 2014 season.
“Everyone has been at training at some stage, we just haven’t had them all there at once,” Gray said.
Despite the colts being outclassed, Gray said the scrimmage was a great way to prepare them for the upcoming New South Wales Country Championships.
“Last year the colts played City as well, and got thumped about 60-nil and went on to win the championships,” Gray said.
“We’re hoping for a bit of deja vu I guess, and even though they definitely got beaten we certainly won’t be writing them off.
“The boys looked good, and for a team that hadn’t played together before did very well against a very good opposition.“