Victoria tries to match it with NRL Clubs

Victoria tries to match it with NRL Clubs

By Jayden Cameron

The U/16 Victorian team have set off to New South Wales to visit and compete against some of the best NRL Clubs u/15 sides this past Sunday.

The Victorians will visit the Parramatta Eels, West Tigers and Penrith Panthers to further develop their skills against some of the best in NSW, as they prepare to tackle the rigours of the Mal Meninga Cup at the under 18 level.

In previous years, the Victorian team had travelled to Queensland to compete for the Cyril Connell Cup, against major clubs throughout Queensland. However, due to scheduling and new competitions, NRL Victoria have created a new pathway for the under-16’s to compete against strong competition in New South Wales.

Coach, Jason Warr, explained why the tour was implemented for his team, and what can result for them in the future years.

“So because of the NYC dropping out this year, they brought in the u/20’s in the Queensland and New South Wales competitions and dropped out our u/16’s. [This tour] It provides a pathway into some competitive football interstate.”

“It gives us an insight of where they are at, and what steps need to be taken moving forward [with playing NRL clubs]”

While these players are young and have plenty of development to go, the quality of many will come under the microscope when playing quality opposition, and who Coach Warr is excited to see in action;

“Jermaine [Tui] plays in the Queensland competition so he already has experience at that higher level, Brandon Pritchard went away with the u/15 VIC side this year, so he’s already got that experience as well, Adidas [Karora] has trained with the 18’s – so there is young guys there and now there is an opportunity to be seen.”

Fixtures for the week:

Game 1: Monday 10th July vs. West Tigers u/15’s @ 6:00pm

It was a terrific start for the Victorians, the final score Victoria 48 to Tigers 10.

The Victorians got out of the blocks early, and off the back of a dominant forward pack display they piled on 24 unanswered points in the first half.

The Tigers came out more committed in the second stanza, however the Victorians were simply too strong and secured the 48-10 victory over the Tigers.

Standout player for the Victorians was Vice Captain Cruz Nuitili-Schmidt.


Game 2: Tuesday 11th July vs. Penrith Panthers u/15s @ 3:00pm

Game 3: Thursday 13th July vs. Parramatta Eels u/15s @ 3:00pm


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