Gungahlin coach Neil Bijorac maintains the Canberra Raiders under-20s are beatable in this season's truncated local league, despite the competition newcomers' undefeated start.
The Bulls were beaten 28-8 in atrocious conditions when the sides squared off three weeks ago, but Bijorac was expecting an improved showing in what he said looks an ideal measuring stick for his side.
"This will be a good test for us this week, to see if we can back up where we think we've been improving and back up that good performance against the [Queanbeyan] Blues [last start]," Bijorac said.
"Their results against every team they've had have been close up until halftime or even three quarter time. They're a class side, but their fitness gets them home against most sides.
"We have to match up in the middle. This year with the young blokes, no one's getting paid or anything like that so it's about enjoying your footy and we're trying to make sure we're doing that.
"We want to be throwing the ball around and playing some football. In saying that you enjoy your football when you're playing well and winning games. And to do that against the Raiders you've got to be competing in that middle."
Bijorac joined the Bulls as coach at the start of the season and is chasing a second win of the year on Saturday.
Gungahlin lost their first three matches before a 32-10 win last fortnight over the Blues. Wet weather washed out both games last round.
"With the COVID stuff we're giving a lot of younger blokes an opportunity," Bijorac said.
"The other day we had eight kids between 17 and 19 play, it's quite a few. They're getting better every week, every week there's been improvements in the side so that's all you can ask for this year.
"We're starting to get momentum, even in the first few we were close with a few losses. Last week against the Blues was a good win, one we needed to have to prove to the boys that they can win."
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