Country 18s and 16s
The Country U18’s completed a successful tour of Perth in 2016, winning both of their matches against the North West Reds and Western Australia.
CRL TV were on hand to cover the tour, which included a special training session with opponents the North West Reds, a visit to Manly Warringah Sea Eagles training and playing as the curtain raiser to the Sea Eagles and New Zealand Warriors NRL match at nib Stadium, Perth WA.
NSW Country U18’s
NSW Country 70 def. North West Reds 0
NSW Country 60 def. Western Australia 0
CRL TV caught up with the Country U18’s as they prepare for their warm up match against the North West Reds.
Highlights: Country U18’s v North West Reds, Perth, WA.
CRL TV caught up with Country U18’s Coach Aaron Watts and a few of the players to see what they thought of their performance against the North West Reds.
The North West Reds attended Country U18’s training after being their opponents only days earlier. CRL TV caught up with some of the Reds players and staff to see how they enjoyed the session.
The Country U18’s send their thanks to all the people back home that helped them on their way to representing Country!
Catch all the highlights from Country U18’s clash with Western Australia at nib Stadium, Perth WA.
The Country Firsts and U16’s completed a tour of Samoa in October, with players and staff featuring as part of the celebrations of 30 years of Samoan Rugby League by participating in local activities and conducting coaching clinics for local Women’s Rugby League sides.
Country’s matches against the Samoan Residents were played as curtain-raisers to the historic Toa Samoa v Fiji Bati Test Match; which was the first International Test Match to be played on Samoan soil at Apia Park.
Prior to their matches against Samoa, Country travelled to the island of Savai’i, where they became the first international sides to play on the island, when they took on the Savai’I Residents and U16’s.
The Country U16’s got the tour off to a winning start, with a hard-fought 36-4 victory over their local opponents. Country Hooker Tyke Kemp (East Coast Dolphins) claimed a double, with Tyronne Harrison and Tomasi Baralivala providing tremendous go-forward for their teammates.
A highlight of the tour was the opportunity for our Country sides to conduct training sessions against the Toa Samoa and Fiji Bati Test sides in the lead-up to the matches at Apia Park. This was a wonderful experience for our players to take the field with many NRL stars and test their skills against some of the best players in our game. Country Rugby League would like to thank both the Samoan and Fiji sides for this opportunity.
The matches at Apia Park saw a vocal crowd in attendance, with many fans turning up to see the curtain raisers and Country sides take on the Samoan Residents.
The Country U16’s got off to the perfect start, with a couple of quick tries unsettling their opponents. Second-Rower Jacob Conlan (East Coast Dolphins) and Front-Rower Matt Burton (Western Rams) were dominant up-front, allowing for the Country backline to capitalise on their momentum with a number of tries towards the end of the first-half.
The second-half was a closer affair, with both sides competing hard and playing good football and Samoa crossing the try-line twice to the delight of the home crowd.
Ultimately it was Country who proved too strong with a 46-10 victory that was set-up by their strong opening to the game. Congratulations to both sides for the spirit in which the game was played and special thanks to the Samoan U16’s, who performed the traditional ‘Sipi Tau’ for our players prior to kick-off.