ALBURY Thunder failed to win a match during the Group 9 pre-season nines at Cootamundra on Saturday.
The Border side lost to Tumut 14-8, Young 11-10 and Brothers 18-6.
Tumut went through the tournament undefeated, beating Southcity 18-14 in the final after Austin McDougall scored a try with 20 seconds left on the clock.
Co-coach Dean Bristow was thrilled with the performance.
"We didn't plan it to be that way, we just come over here to get a bit of match fitness and whatever happened happened," Bristow said.
"It just happened to fall our way so I'm pretty happy with the start of the season."
Things started slowly for the Blues as they struggled early in the day.
They went behind early against Albury and it wasn't until Adam Pearce forced his way over with a minute remaining that they hit the front. Bristow credited the 14-8 result for starting their run.
"Two late tries got us through, it saved us and we managed to claw out way through the pool games and finish strong," he said.
Thing weren't much In their second game against Kangaroos they trailed 12-4 at half-time before scoring 20 unanswered points in the second half to come away with the win.
It included two tries in the last four minutes to take the 24-12 victory.
Albury Thunder play Gundagai in the opening round of the season.