Group 19 rugby league: Under-18s and league tag sides aim to bounce back

The under-18s will be aiming to bounce back against Tingha this Saturday.
The under-18s will be aiming to bounce back against Tingha this Saturday.

The last time the Glen Innes Magpies under-18 team hit the field in round four against the Moree Boars, they suffered a disappointing loss.

They were beaten by an 11-man Boars outfit 32-16 and weren't able to to redeem themselves in round five due to the Moree Boomerangs not fielding an under-18s team.

The Glen Innes side will be back on the field on Saturday in Tingha to take on the Tigers.

Coach Gavin Peterson missed the last outing and is as equally eager as the players to resume the season.

"We had a few weeks off so they are looking forward to bouncing back," he said.

"The last game they lost against Moree we were a bit short on numbers so they are pretty excited to get back on Saturday and get back into it again."

While they didn't have a game last weekend, two under-18s in Dale Smith and Jamie Kliendienst stepped up to make their A-grade debuts against the Boomerangs.

Peterson is hopeful they can bring the experience at that level to the under-18s squad.

"Hopefully they can take something out of that and bring a bit more confidence to our team," he said.

"By all reports both the lads played well and certainly held their own which is great.

"It is good to hear they put their hand up.

"It is a bit of a tough ask, debuting out there as well, but they pulled through and everyone was pretty impressed."

On Sunday, the league tag and A-grade teams will head to Armidale to face Narwan.

The A-grade side will be without Guy Mepham who was injured in the match against the Boomerangs.

The league tag team haven't posted a win since round one against Narwan.

Coach Andrew Hodgson isn't worried.

"We have been a bit unlucky, just a few things not going our way," he said.

"One day it will click and I think we will be right."

To date, the Magpies ladies haven't had a full team available and Hodgson believes when they do, they will be a force in what he described as "a very tight competition."