FARRER have kept its Buckley Shield final hopes alive with an emphatic 54-nil win over visiting side Hurstville Boys High in the quarter final of the first game of a double header at John Simpson Oval.
A scrappy start had the Farrer Under 14s coach Chris Oxford concerned, as the visiting school had repeat sets on the line, but were unable to penetrate.
“We knocked on a few times down our end and were lucky not to be 20 points behind after 10 minutes,” Oxford said.
“The boys picked it up, and got back in the game though.”
Farrer turned the game around suddenly with two quick tries, followed shortly after by a third to give them a 16-nil lead mid way through the first half.
The visitors heads went down and Farrer had the game wrapped up before half time, looking dangerous whenever they had the ball in hand.
The home side went in to the break ahead 22-nil, but had plenty of attack left in them.
Oxford had the side concentrating on defence in the second half, and the line speed and structure improved, giving Hurstville even less space and time.
Apart from a select few the Hurstville boys were very flat footed in attack and were barely making the advantage line, or completing sets.
Farrer took full advantage of the lacklustre side with the forwards running straight up the middle and busting tackles every time.
At fulltime the score was 54-nil and Farrer had gained a berth in the semi finals.
“They played well but they are going to have to hold the ball better if they want to go further in this competition,” Oxford said.
Jack Pattinson changed roles from forward to playmaker and relished the extra room, making some big runs, and great offloads, as well as bagging a couple of tries.
One try down the right side saw him shrug off two defenders, before running over the top of two more and dragging one over the line for the try of the match. Pattinson, hooker Ryan Ingram, and fullback Logan Chown were the stand-outs for Farrer. Hurstville coach Daniel Waterworth thought the occasion might have overwhelmed the side who recently won the St George district schools competition.
“There was a lot of excitement to be in the country last night,” Waterworth said.
“When we didn’t capitalise on those early mistakes we lost momentum and confidence and they took the game.”
Farrer have had a dream run of home games, but will now have to travel to play in the next final.
Straight after the game the Farrer 1st XIII took the field to play Dubbo in the University Shield and rode the momentum to a big win of thier own.
Taking the game 48-10 and securing a second grand final berth in as many years.