THE Horsham Panthers have completed the first round of the 2017-18 rugby league season in the Limestone Coast First Grade.
After a season sabbatical the Panthers took on the reigning premier the Naracoorte Jets at Naracoorte for round one.
The Jets were triumphant in the affair but coach Rob Gascoyne said the Panthers came out raring to go.
The Panthers lost 30 to 10.
“It was even at half-time but we made some silly mistakes in the last quarter that cost us some tries,” Gascoyne said.
“They were the premier last year so I was happy with the game from the boys.”
Each team from the league will travel to Horsham on Saturday to play round two of the season.
The Jets will take on the Blue Lake Knights at 1pm while the Panthers will host the Warrnambool Raiders at 3pm at the Horsham Racecourse.
“I watched Warrnambool on Saturday and they don’t have many forwards but have a lot of quick backs,” Gascoyne said.
“We dominate through the forwards so I think that will even out with their backs, we just need to be careful of their speed.”
Gascoyne said Jayson Bird, Jayden Gascoyne, Connor Chase and Zane Kelly have been living up to his expectations.
He said his back-men need to gain more experience and the upcoming contest would help them.
“If we play like we did last week we will take the win,” he said.
“I am confident.”
Gates open at the Horsham Racecourse at 11am for the double header.