The North Otago Development side were downed 31-14 at the Whitestone Contracting Stadium on Sunday.
Old Golds coach Mike Mullins said the tie was to gauge the depth of talent available for selection to the Heartland team.
The homeside trailed 31-0 at halftime and looked on their way to hiding but the introduction of some senior players swiftly closed the flood gates.
“Guys that stood out, Diego Biro (and) Jared Whitburn. Structure improved with the addition of a couple senior players in the second half,” said Mullins.
Queensland Country 31.
North Otago 14:
Lemi Masoe, 1 Try, Isitola Hafoka , 1 Try, Ben Palmer, 2 Conversions.
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: JAMES FORD – North Otago’s Hayden Tisdall in action on Sunday.