Cabramatta’s Ron Massey Cup team didn’t waste their “once in a lifetime” opportunity to train with the NSW Origin team on Sunday at the SCG.
“They didn’t drop a ball. It’s the best they have trained all year,” Cabramatta coach Chris Yates said.
“It was a great opportunity for the boys and the club. I got the call from Freddy [coach Brad Fittler] on Thursday and the ball rolled from there. We had the week off so it worked out great.”
The Cabramatta team ran opposed the NSW team in a two-hour full contact hit-out starting at 7.30am.
Sporting yellow bibs, the Two Blues felt the full force of a Blues line-up deep in preparations for game one against Queensland with assistant Danny Buderus calling the shots for the session.
For Yates, two things stood out. “I couldn’t believe how fit and fast they were. Josh Addo-Carr is faster than some of the cars I have owned,” he said.
“But they were also humble. They gave the boys some gear and Tyson Frizell even handed out his boots.”
Yates is hoping his team can take the confidence gained from their Blues experience into their game against Hills District on Saturday. It will be the first home game for new recruit Frank Pritchard.