Bathurst talents Noah Griffiths and Tyler Colley found success while representing Country NSW, the under 16s side downing both Papua New Guinea and Gold Coast Titans last week.
Country kicked-off its North Coast tour with a solid 38-6 win over PNG last Wednesday, before following it up on Saturday with a resounding 30-10 win over the Titans.
Griffiths, who plays for Bathurst Panthers under 18s side, described his experience playing for Country as amazing.
“Being there playing PNG, it was a different experience due to their different brand of football they play,” he said.
“They just throw the ball around a lot, which was different to what I’m use to. It was good to come away with the win.
“It was wet weather footy against the Gold Coast and we were just the better team on that day
“I was going up there expecting a tough contest.
“We just wanted it a bit more. We were a bit scrappier because we played earlier in the week against PNG, but as they game went on, Gold Coast got more and more tired.”
Northern Rivers talent Joshua Bevan scored a double for Country against PNG, as his side overcame a slow start in Lismore.
Griffiths booted two goals for Country in the victory over PNG, with Colley, a current St Pat’s junior, slotting three.
Country’s Jake Saunders scored a hat-trick against Gold Coast, as his side raced to a 20-0 lead at half-time.
The wet conditions made it difficult for teams to capitalise on their opportunities in the second half.
Colley scored three goals throughout the match, which was played at Cudgen.
The two wins for Griffiths caps-off a remarkable season for the Bathurst talent.
In April, Griffiths was part of the Western Rams side which won the Andrew Johns Cup, scoring a try in the 22-10 grand final victory over Illawarra.
In July he scored the final try of a clash at Suncorp Stadium to help the NSW Blues to a 28-14 win over Queensland.
Then last month in Group 10 under 18s grand final, the playmaker scored a try and booted two goals to help Bathurst Panthers to glory over Orange CYMS.
On top of that, he also signed a four-year deal with the Melbourne Storm at the start of 2018.
And while Griffiths has had plenty of success last week, Colley hasn’t been short of any with Griffiths heaping praise on the St Pat’s talent.
“He stepped again. Rep footy at that level means everyone has to step up and obviously he did, playing football,” he said.
“He might’ve went off during the first game but he still stepped up during the second game against the Gold Coast.”