Tigers' youth prepare well in rusty Wagga clash

QUEANBEYAN Tigers co-coach Josh Bryce is confident his new recruits can get the job done after another strong pre-season showing in Wagga Wagga last Saturday.

It was the team's last hit out before their first game in round two of the North Eastern Australian Football League next weekend at Dairy Farmers against Sydney University, with the side taking out a mediocre North Albury 12.15 (87) to 9.6 (60).

While Bryce thought his men did not play as well as they did in their 33 point dispatch of Albury in Wodonga a fortnight before, he said it was good to see solid showings from players wearing the black and gold jumper for the first time.

"Levi Power was good on the weekend coming off the halfback line and the Tuggeranong boys we've picked up in DJ and Alex Lawder- they're going great as well," he said.

"All our new recruits had solid games, so it was good to see they're toeing along."

A full squad travelled to Wagga Wagga to blow out cobwebs, and the under 18's squad also made the same trip, with some of the younger players also getting a run with the NEAFL side.

Bryce played full time coach for the weekend, opting to rest his injured hamstring and not take to the field with fellow co-coach Kade Klemke.

"I took the reins for the first time on the weekend... It was good to be up the front of the boys and show them what I've got in me," he said.

"Hopefully Kaide and I are both fully fit [for round one of the NEAFL] cause I've got this niggling injury and someone stomped on Kade's foot."

Bryce said his team could play finals this season, but said there was a lot of minor injuries in the squad that players had to ensure they stay fit around.

The Tigers' first game is on April 5 at 12pm.

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