Orange CYMS unleashed new recruits Jack Buchanan and Jack Nobes in Saturday's Foundation Fathers trial win over Dubbo CYMS.
The former Cowra Magpies have jumped across to CYMS after the black and whites opted to not play in the Group 10 premier league competition in 2021.
Buchanan, a former Wests Tiger, and Nobes performed strongly in their club debuts as Dan Mortimer's side came from a 10-0 deficit to win 24-16 in their final trial before their season opener against Bathurst Panthers in round two.
"Both of them really well and slotted straight into the side," Mortimer said.
"They've both been committed for the last few weeks and were two of our better performers on the weekend.
"There's a bit of catching up to do in terms of structure, but they looked good."
It was important for us to get a good hit-out before that first game against Panthers ... they'll be the benchmark this year.CYMS coach Daniel Mortimer
While the new recruits played well at Endeavor Oval on Saturday, so did young halfback Josh Board as the 19-year-old was forced to fill-in for Daniel Mortimer who ended up in hospital in the second half due to a head cut.
It was the pairing of Board and Mitchell Britt that got the green and golds across the line, as well as a stellar showing from young forward Liam Kennedy.
"It was important for us to get a good hit-out before that first game against Panthers ... they'll be the benchmark this year," he said.
"We still need to work on our fitness and just perfect a few of the little things. The pre-season has been a little bit disruptive.
"There's still a few things we need to improve with our combinations."
Mortimer's men were supposed to play Blayney in round one but will have the bye before doing battle with Panthers.
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