The Scottish Thistles experienced defeat for the first time this weekend against Randwick in the Cup quarter-finals.
The Scots took the lead early on with Roddy Grant touching down and Mike Adamson converting, but from then on, Randwick pulled away with three tries, two of which were converted.
Coach Stephen Gemmell said: "It's a good learning curve for the players. If you stand off teams, regardless of who they are, they'll punish you.
It's a big disappointment, but part of why we're here is to learn and the boys certainly need to learn from that.
We've now got an opportunity to bounce back in the Shield semi-final in just over an hour and a half."
Scottish Thistles: Scott Forrest (Ayr)* CAPTAIN, Chris Fusaro (Heriot's)*, Roddy Grant (West of Scotland)*, Ashleah McCulloch (Aberdeen Grammar Rugby)**, Mike Adamson (Glasgow Warriors), Rory Hutton (Hawick)*, Grant Anderson (Ayr)*
Substitutes: Alex Blair (Edinburgh Accies)* for McCulloch, Graham Hogg (Hawick)* for Hutton, Tom Bury (Boroughmuir)** for Anderson