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VB NSW Cup sides have begun pre-season trial matches ahead of the season proper which kicks-off on Saturday, March 7.

On Friday, the Wests Tigers went down to Wentworthville at Kirkham Oval but Tigers coach Paul Fletcher wasn't too worried.

"In trials, the results aren’t important. It’s about having a hit-out, putting in new structures and I’m more than happy with the effort," Fletcher said.

"I was really impressed with the young guys – we had 10 kids from the 20s… a few really put their hands up. There’s so much talent here, it’s good."

A main talking point out of the first week of trials was the return of former Canberra Raider Blake Ferguson. The rangy centre turned out for Wyong Roos and scored two tries in his comeback. His side, however, were dominated by last year's premiers, Penrith.

Below are the latest results as well as the full schedule of trial matches. (Please note: match details are subject to change.)

Friday 6th February

Wentworthville Magpies 26 def. Wests Tigers 4 @ Kirkham Oval

Saturday 7th February

Illawarra Cutters 28 def. Newtown Jets 12 @ Henson Park

Penrith Panthers 36 def. Wyong Roos 8 @ Morry Breen Oval

Gold Coast Titans 22 def Warriors 12 @ Toowoomba (NRL trial including VB NSW Cup squad)

Saturday 14th February

Canterbury Bulldogs v Illawarra Cutters
Belmore Sports Ground, 5pm

Penrith Panthers v Wests Tigers
Windsor Sports Complex, 6.30pm

Newtown Jets v North Sydney Bears
Henson Park, 6pm

Sunday 15th February

Mounties v Wentworthville Magpies
Aubrey Keech Reserve, 5.30pm

Warriors VB NSW Cup v NYC internal trial
Glenora RLC, Glen Eden, Auckland (time TBC)

Saturday 21st February

Penrith Panthers v Wentworthville Magpies
Sportingbet Stadium, 3pm

Wyong Roos v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Central Coast Stadium, 4.15pm

Illawarra Cutters v North Sydney Bears
TG Milner Field, 3pm

Warriors NRL v VB NSW Cup internal trial
Bruce Pulman Park, Takanini, 3pm


Sunday 22nd February

Canterbury Bulldogs v Cabramatta
Belmore Sports Ground, 5pm

Mounties v Newcastle Knights
Aubrey Keech Reserve, 6.30pm




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