CENTRAL West under 14 head coach Luke Goodall said his troops would use the first two days of the NSW Rugby Under 14 State Championships as a learning experience.
Played at Endeavour Oval on Saturday and Sunday, the baby bulls were outclassed several times by their Sydney-based opponents.
Central West suffered three consecutive losses during the group stages, to Gordon (52-nil), Eastwood (26-12) and Warringah (17-5) to finish 14th overall and earn a place in the consolation finals, for the bottom half of the competition.
In what Goodall called “a substantially better performance”, Central West secured its first win over Randwick, 24-0, in its first play-off clash yesterday.
Despite continuing their good form, the baby bulls were beaten by Eastwood again in the second play-off game, 19-5.
With two consolation finals left to play today, Goodall said the aim for his troops is to keep improving, and keep learning.
“The Sydney club sides are so well taught, and so well drilled,” Goodall said.
“Our boys really just got outplayed (through the group stage). We recovered well and got a win in our first (consolation) play-off game, which was great and the guys will take more out of this weekend than we could ever teach them.
“I think they’ve got better every game, and they’ll take that back to their club footy. Learning from it is a big part of the weekend, and I can’t fault the effort.”
Central West plays Warringah again today at 10.20am and will look to reverse their group result, before backing up to take on Penrith at 10.50am in its final consolation match.