Wellington coach Kaine Ashby said the effort from his 15-player squad was full of merit despite their under-18s loss to CYMS.
“They showed a lot of guts and a big heart,” he said.
“The bounce of the ball brought us undone but they’re only a young side and are still learning.
“We’ve lost only three games this season, against Macquarie, CYMS and Parkes and by only a few points each time. I think we can make a real shot at it come the finals.”
Ashby said the impressive work from Lewis Stanley who controlled the play, and forwards Luke Healey, the Merritt boys and Greg Peckham were all good in a strong team effort.
Rodney Merritt played with plenty of passion at fullback and the running of second-rower Steven tested the CYMS defence every time he touched the ball.
While relieved to get the winning points, CYMS coach Justin Yeo said it wasn’t a great performance from his team but the fact that they kept trying when down three tries early showed good maturity.
Zac London in the centres, five-eighth Isaah Yeo and Ben Marlin at lock were three of their best.
The forwards from both sides were impressive with some particularly hard defence evident and the honours shared.
In the other under-18s game Macquarie Raiders beat Forbes 40-18; Nyngan was too strong for Narromine 62-10 and Cobar upset the Parkes Spacemen 20-18.
Pointscore: CYMS 16, Parkes, Macquarie 14, Cobar 10, Wellington 8, Forbes, Narromine 2, Nyngan.
This Sunday, round 9: Macquarie v Narromine; Cobar v CYMS; Wellington v Forbes; Nyngan v Parkes.