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Rugby Union Junior Country Championships are packed with Illawarras under 15 and under 16 teams traveling to Lismore for the competition. The 15-year-olds were impressive and won their first four games to create a final showdown with Hunter. The fight was a fierce affair, with Hunter ultimately angled Illawarra 7-5. During the 16th, there was a harder time at the event, with the boys starting the competition with a 10-5 loss for Hunter. They then ran back on Saturday to defeat Central West 36-7 and book a semifinal quay on Sunday morning. Sunday did not play out as coach Dion Miller had hoped, since then lost to the Far-North Coast 29-7 in the semi-finals before falling to the Mid-North Coast 24-7 in the third-place playoff. "We are really proud of the children's efforts," Miller said. "We have limited numbers over the 16th without competition here. We have had this team for two years, they have developed nicely." We had a good day on Saturday, the victory over Central West was a great effort for the team, with every player playing. We just lost our mental structure on Sunday, that's the next thing we need to work on. They have the attributes to win games, but we just have to teach them the mental side of the competition. "Read more: Illawarra Rugby Grand Final Rematch cut short Boys and all other Illawarra pages will now show their attention to the upcoming NSW championships that most age groups will play over the Queen's birthday long weekend. This competition will pose a new challenge With Sydney teams boasting many high-quality players, but Miller looks forward to seeing his players rise to the job, now we go to state championships, so this is our focus. Last year we only lost to Randwick, which was a good bet. We have learned a little more, our focus is on trying to work on the next phase. "If we can get our mental state together, we will be in good condition. We will try to come down and see the Illawarra seniors prepare for their championships, see how they train, see their intensity and hopefully get some pointers. "While you are with us, Illawarra Mercury offers a 20% discount on an annual digital subscription. Sign up to stay up to date with all the local sports you love for only $ 3.00 per week. Terms and conditions apply.


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