NSW Country Cockatoos grind out 34-24 win over ACT Provincial

By Matt Findlay Considering his Cockatoos’ preparation, or lack thereof, NSW Country head coach Mat Thomas was stoked with his side’s campaign-opening 34-24 win over the ACT Brumbies Provincial side at Camden on Sunday. “Considering we only trained together as a group for an hour-and-a-half before the game and had a lot of debutants as well it was a pretty impressive effort, especially to score 34 points in the way we did,” Thomas said, virtually every time the Cockatoos retained possession effectively they scored. “In that respect, considering those circumstances, it was the perfect way to start the program and we showed glimpses of what we’re capable of which was promising, but there’s plenty to work on before we play Queensland Country later this month.” However while the result was pleasing Thomas said the performance was “far from perfect”, with discipline and tenacity at the breakdown two big areas he says the side needs to work on before facin
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