DESPITE his side's 12-tries-to-one trial loss to Central West in Cowra on Saturday, Queanbeyan Whites coach Adam Fahey says it's far too early to reach for the panic button.
The trial, which pitted the Whites against the best players in Central West NSW, was always going to be a tough ask for Queanbeyan.
But Fahey said the side had still taken plenty out of the performance which was the Whites first XV a-side trial of the pre-season following appearances in the Queanbeyan 7s and Cowra 10s tournaments.
"It has given us an excellent hit-out by a very well-drilled side and it's highlighted a number of areas that we need to work on," Fahey said.
"Our execution of basics has been lacking. I think Central West's enthusiasm has really shown us how to play ...[they had] a spring in their step."
Queanbeyan matched the Blue Bulls in the first quarter, planting the ball down to open their account, but that was the end of the scoring for the visitors as Central West ran away with the victory.
With a strong 33-man squad at their disposal, the Blue Bulls went on the rampage, particularly in the final quarter where they posted a further five tries against a tiring Queanbeyan outfit.
Although obviously out-muscled by the representative Country championships squad, Fahey found plenty to be optimistic about from his side.
"Our young blokes - probably 75 per cent of the squad [were] Colts age, so it's been fantastic for that and their development - to get bashed around by older, hard country blokes that's for sure," Fahey said.
"It is a good opportunity to get together as a club off the field as well and both components are just as important.
"We'll try and build a better relationship with Central West and try and make it an annual fixture."Queanbeyan will get its John I Dent Cup campaign underway on April 12 against Royals.