The Batemans Bay Boars finished their first hit out of 2019 on the winner's list, as they took down Griffith in a trial match on Saturday, March 9, at Hanging Rock Oval.
The Boars ran in five-tries-to-two in the victory, made more impressive by the fact they only had 16 players suited up.
Batemans Bay was originally slated to play two shortened matches against Kiama and Griffith, but Kiama pulled out on Thursday evening.
Due to the forfeit, the match was played over 20 minute periods on a fairly hot afternoon.
Head coach Matt Ryan said he was pleased with the players' commitment during the early stages of the match.
"Our defensive effort was good, especially in the first period," he said. "They didn't seem to get too many metres, and we really pressured them in to putting in some kicks they may not have usually taken.
"If we clean up a little better, that defence will put us in some really good positions."
The match was scoreless at the end of the first 20-minute period, but the Boars got on top within the first two minutes of the second period.
"We started to get a bit of a roll on, a bit of continuity, and started to find some breaks," Ryan said.
Ryan said the team would look similar in its first match of the season, but expected some changes in the early rounds.
"I'd like to think at least 11 or 12 of these guys will be in a starting position, because they're the committed ones at this stage," he said. "We do have some quality blokes coming back from injuries and such, but these guys will get the first opportunity, it's just up to them what they do with it.
"In the early round of the year we'll probably do a lot of swapping and changing, and it'll probably take us until about round three or four to get a really set team."
A new game-plan was evident in the early stages of the match, as the Boars' forwards found space both through the middle of the field and on the edges.
"We're trying to modernise the team a bit this season, because we've played an old-school style the last few years," Ryan said. "This year we're playing with a bit more width, spread the forwards out more across the park, and working the channels a bit more."