The Tigers' under-16 side might have lost its final-round game of the Andrew Johns Cup to the Northern Rivers Titans in Armidale on Saturday, but it still qualified for the CRL's Country Championship semi-finals.
Beaten 40-10 by the outstanding Titans, who also qualified (unbeaten) for the semi-finals, the Tigers next play the top side from the southern pool in the semi-final in a fortnight.
"It's a bit of a mixed emotion," Tigers coach Steve Haylen said following Saturday's loss. "We got beat but still qualified."
That was by virtue of the Tigers winning their first three games.
"I wanted the boys to give it a good crack today [Saturday], and to be honest, they did," Haylen said.
"Everyone put their hand up. We just made a few fundamental errors and had a few defensive issues. We had a try disallowed as well. We now have two weeks to prepare [for the finals]."
He will be hoping prop Mark Simon will be right after injuring his right knee against the Titans.
Simon was strong while Tigers lock and captain Jock Brazel was outstanding.
"He was amazing," Haylen said of the hard-hitting, hard-working No.13.
TITANS 40 (Oskar Bryant 2, Jack Cullen, Rowan Mansfield, Riley lack, Noah Johannssen, Ryan Foran tries; Thomas Weaver 5, Lack goals) d TIGERS 10 (Riley Reid, Pichai Dixon tries; Dylan McCartney goal)