UNSTOPPABLE: Alfred Watcho on the attack for the under-16 South Burnett Eagles.
UNSTOPPABLE: Alfred Watcho on the attack for the under-16 South Burnett Eagles. Claudia Williams

Teams test form ahead of 47th battalion

RUGBY LEAGUE: The South Burnett representative sides are preparing to play in the 47th Battalion on May 12, where players can be selected to represent Wide Bay.

The under-13, under-14 and under-16 sides played their first games of the season on Saturday, hosting the Toowoomba Clydesdales in Nanango.

The trial games provided an opportunity for players from the different clubs to work together as a team for the South Burnett.

Under-16s coach Ryan Smith said it was a good effort from his team.

"They went all right for their first game of the year,” he said.

"We have lots of new faces in the team and I am pretty happy with how they went.”

The South Burnett players faced a strong Toowoomba side for their first outing as a team.

"I wasn't really worried about the score, it was only a trial match to get ready for the 47th Battalion,” Smith said.

"We have a bit of a mixture of 15 and 16-year-olds and we were playing all 16-year-olds because we don't have the pool that Toowoomba does.”

Prior to the game the team had trained three times and will now be looking to improve before their next game.

"We need to work on our line speed and slowing the play down a bit more,” Smith said.

The boys will focus on holding down the players for longer when they tackle so the play doesn't restart as quickly.

The teams will play another trial match in Kingaroy against Dalby on Saturday.

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