With a young back line, there will always be learning curves and Orange City manager John Nunn believes there are lessons to be learned from their second round game against the Cowra Eagles.
In their home opener, the Lions fought hard, but the 2021 Minor Premiers proved too strong, claiming a 32-5 win.
After losing 18-13 to Dubbo Roos last weekend, Nunn believes Cowra presented a different challenge for his team.
“We didn’t get through the gates fast enough today,” he said.
“Last week we could have won this game, I think it was a good start to the season for us, but today we came up against bigger bodies and a bigger group of attackers.
“They gave some of our young lads a little lesson to some extent and we got caught playing their game instead of our game, so we have to learn to be a bit more patient with our process. “
“What we trained was not what we did today – our kicks, our free kick were terrible, our scrums were good, then they got weaker and then they came back good.
“We’ve been working on lineouts all week and we nailed about four today and we were stealing the ball from Dubbo last week and we haven’t stolen any this week but not to take anything away from Cowra, it’s is a good team.”
While mistakes were their downfall, the coach was delighted with his team’s attitude, especially his youngsters.
“They didn’t give up, which was a credit to them, they hung on the whole game,” he said.
“They made mistakes, but it’s about the process, with some of them going straight from the Colts to freshman.
“They’re all disappointed, I’m disappointed and we probably made Cowra look good today.”
With their ladies’ day originally scheduled for Saturday, a good crowd gathered at Pride Park with Nunn saying there was a good sense of the club’s culture developing.
They didn’t let go of what they liked, they hung on throughout the match… they’re all disappointed
John Nunn, first-year Orange City Lions head coach
“It’s a good atmosphere, there’s a good atmosphere around the place, around the club, this year,” he said.
“The tribal mentality is good and I think in four or five weeks we’ll be at our peak and we’ll see what happens next.”
In a sign of positivity, new signing Mark Burton scored his first while the other new clubman, Nathan Ah Kee, made his debut last week.
COWRA EAGLES 32 (Cooper Sullivan, Name Witheld, Will Cummins, Manu Katoa tries; Noah Ryan 3 conversions; Ryan 2 penalties) beat ORANGE CITY 5 (Mark Burton tries)
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