Performance Manager Josh Leach says the RGC U18s can take a lot from their 34-10 loss to Blues South on Sunday.

Having started slowly, they picked up in the second 20 mins and went into half time leading, and were well in the game with 20 mins to go. However, they dropped their heads after conceding the next try, which lead to a couple of late scores.

"In avoiding an overlap with the College competition block, preparation is limited to only 7 sessions, therefore we have narrowed the focus of our preparations to just a few areas – set-piece attack, turn over attack and creating an energetic, aggressive mind-set in defence."

"Considering the short preparations I thought our scrum attack was good and our turnover attack resulted in our score but too often we missed opportunities due to handling errors. Defensively we have made some good progress over the 7 sessions but still have a way to go. Our energy was good, but lack of dominance in 1 on 1 tackle situations often put us on the back foot."

"RAG is certainly a big step up for some of the boys coming out of College and Club blocks, the speed and physicality are greater, and there's less room for error. With the step up comes a challenge of self-belief, and when you look at how we started and finished the game that was perhaps missing in parts. Once we scored their was a significant difference in the energy and we created a number of opportunities as a result. The boys have to develop the belief that they can compete at this level, and the end of the day it's one school boy against another, and if they can get their heads around this they'll surprise themselves!"

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