Lion cub stars as Country downs Samoans

MITCH Doring and Zac Faulkner scored the final two tries to seal NSW Country U18’s victory over Australian Samoa 38-20 in Brisbane on Monday, while the U16s also got up with a dominant 52-6 win.

West Lions fullback Mitch Doring, here playing for Greater Northern Tigers in the Under 18 Country Championship final at Tamworth last month,  scored three tries for NSW Country U18s on Monday night against Australian Samoa.
 Photo: Barry Smith 210614BSB54

West Lions fullback Mitch Doring, here playing for Greater Northern Tigers in the Under 18 Country Championship final at Tamworth last month, scored three tries for NSW Country U18s on Monday night against Australian Samoa. Photo: Barry Smith 210614BSB54

Doring picked up three tries in the game, one from a chip over the fullback.

Coach Mick Schmiedel said the West Lion was arguably the best on field.

“They were big boys so it was very physical,” Schmiedel said.

“We just played footy on them and they tried to bash us.”

One such occasion saw Doring run straight through some patchy defence to punish them from 20 metres out.

The lead changed four times with Country going into the sheds up 16-12 at halftime.

“They scored first and then the lead kept swapping,” Schmiedel said.

“It was only in the last 15 minutes that we put on a couple of tries and pulled away fom them.”

Farrer student  Faulkner was the  players’ player after a powerful display against a big opposing pack.

The side now travels  to Rockhampton for its second game on Saturday.

Both age divisions will experience one of the great rivalries in sport as they take on Queensland Country.

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