Group 19 rugby league: Mixed results across the grades

League tag: 

Glen Innes league tag coach Andrew Hodgson was "disappointed" with his side's effort against Armidale on Sunday. 

Hodgson believes they didn't turn up with the right attitude and were punished 22-4 as a result. 

"I thought we prepared well during the week and it just went pear-shaped before the game," he said. 

"We had girls turning up 20 minutes before the game and I knew from then it was bad attitude."

Glen Innes didn't get on the scoreboard until the second-half. 

Although they were down on troops, Hodgson was confident the 14 players he named could have stuck it to Armidale. 

"I was pretty confident actually," he said, 

I thought we had the girls there to do the job but the attitude was poor.

"Everything we trained for during the week, our attack, was just poor.

"I was very disappointed as a coach to see that.

"They are a lot better team than that.

"I thought we would have put a bit on them but it just didn't happen and to Armidale's credit they were just too good on day."

Under 18s: 

After a superb defensive effort against Tingha in round one, the Magpies juniors back up their efforts with a 22-nil shut out of Armidale. 

The match was cut short due to a Glen Innes player sustaining a suspected serious injury. The player has since been cleared of anything too serious. 

The opening exchanges of the match were scrappy, both teams came up with plenty of mistakes but Glen Innes coach Gavin Peterson was rapt with his team's ability to defend their way out of trouble. 

"I thought our defence was quite strong," he said. 

"Both the line-speed and contact as well, I was happy with that." 

The squad is made up of a variety of players from Tenterfield, Inverell, Ashford, Guyra and Glen Innes and consequently haven't had a lot of playing time together. 

Though they made plenty of errors in the match, Peterson saw positives. 

"Whenever we held the ball and maintained the pressure, we scored," he said. 

"Once again, we spoke about it last time, the cohesion in attack is not quite there.

"That is what we have been working on at a training, our combinations in attack but it is still not there at the moment.

"As we know, the tighter games are built on defence and we know we have got that so if we maintain that and work on our attack, I am sure we can continue going forward."

A-grade: 

It was a sloppy start to the A-grade match between an under-strength Magpies team and the young Rams outfit. 

It took barely two minutes for Armidale to score, Scott McIntyre crossing off a Magpies mistake. 

But the Glen Innes side hit back straight away via Luke Berger. 

It was a see-sawing affair for the first-half. 

Jamie Watts was sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes after a late shot on Rams halfback Jayden Smith and Armidale capitalised through youngster Jack Kingdom. 

Sam Swain scored the first of his four tries for the match after Armidale made an error on the restart. 

Glen Innes took the lead for the first time with Will Newberry scoring. 

Armidale put themselves back in front via Smith before a Guy Mepham 40-20 kick gave Glen the advantage and Swain snagged his second.

Swain brought up his hat-trick on the stroke of half-time and the Magpies held a 30-22 lead at the break. 

The second stanza was all Glen Innes who posted 40 points in 40 minutes, Armidale only scoring once via McIntyre, to win 70-28. 

Although they took a comfortable win in the end, Magpies co-coach Nick Say bemoaned his side's start. 

"The first 30 minutes, we knew Armidale were going to come out of the blocks firing and they did," he said. 

"You have got to give full credit to them, they just took us out of the game really.

"We couldn't really get in the groove or anything."

Some positional alterations before half-time paid dividends. 

"We changed a few positions around and then we scored two quick tries just playing simple footy and got us into the mindset for the second-half," Say said. 

"We talked about it at half-time, just playing simple football and getting through our sets.

"We were making a lot of metres which was pleasing and then we just capitalised on the back of that."

Say praised a host of the side's young players from the match.

"We had a few out which was no excuse," he said. 

"All the boys that filled in stood up and I was pleased with that.

"All the young fellas, Ash Hogan played his first game, that was his debut, he came off the bench and didn't look out of place at all.

"Young Isaiah Tunamena, it was his second game and he had to start.

"He didn't look out of place as well.

"We had a young fella who played juniors, he sat on the bench for us and when he came on he looked like he had been playing A grade for the last couple of years."

The competition takes a break over the Easter long weekend before resuming on April 27. 

The Magpies have the bye for round three before a home clash in round four against the Boars.