NYC Update With Coach Ben Gardiner
Rabbitohs NYC Coach Ben Gardiner took time out this week to update Members on the progress of the under 20's ahead of this week's round six clash against the Panthers.
The Rabbitohs NYC side has now won two out of their opening five games, but Coach Ben Gardiner is not alarmed given the raft of promotions that his players have experienced in recent weeks to both NSW Cup and to first grade.
"The two games at the start were obviously really pleasing," said Gardiner.
"After that we had some considerable changes in our team - obviously some of our players stepped up to first grade and over to the North Sydney Bears which meant it was a good opportunity for more boys to step up and get some experience (in the 20's).
From a development perspective, the under 20's mentor is confident that the changes have meant a handful of players are now better off for having gotten an opportunity in the side in the absence of more experienced campaigners. Despite their lack of experience, Gardiner admits that his team has plenty of 'fight' in them.
"The most pleasing thing to come out of the start of the season has been the fight that they've shown in games against teams that were a lot more experienced than them," said Gardiner.
"In the Canberra Raiders game in round four, we had something like 30 games of experience in our team and they had something like 350 games of experience.
"We were right in that game right until we got beaten on the bell which was obviously disappointing for us, but pleasing in the same fact that it gave some experience to our guys."
The Rabbitohs' NYC team currently sit 10th on the ladder just behind the Canberra Raiders.
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