SOUTH Wales Scorpions coach Dave Clark praised his young side despite a 34-12 loss to North Wales Crusaders on Monday.
The Scorpions fielded seven teenagers against an experienced outfit.
"The Crusaders players were really experienced," said Clark.
"Our players are still learning the game.
"Our youngsters are still quite green in the length of time they've played rugby league.
"We're improving and we played against a side that I think will win the competition.
"I think we've got a chance to really compete in this competition."