Western’s under-18s Farr and away too good: Blayney fullback stars in big win

ON THE DOUBLE: Blayney fullback Lachie Farr is congratulated after scoring one of his two tries in Western’s big win over Bidgee. Photo: PETER CLARKERUGBY LEAGUE
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DOUBLES to Blayney gun Lachie Farr and Forbes three-quarter Mitch Andrews helped Western claim an emphatic 44-26 win over Bidgee on Saturday.

In the opening round of the 2016 under-18 AAMI Country Championships, the Rams raced to an early 14-0 lead before Bidgee clawed back to 14-10 until a further five four-pointers secured Cameron Greenhalgh’s side a strong first-up victory at West Wyalong.

After impressing with trial wins over St Gregory’s College, Campbelltown and two Penrith Panthers development teams, Western began its championship campaign in scintillating fashion thanks to tries to Parkes back-rower Darby Medlyn and Cowra speedster Callum Clyburn.

Forbes goal-kicking winger Warren Baxter booted the first but missed the second conversion from the chalk to nudge the Rams’ lead to 10-0 after just seven minutes.

It was then 14-0 after 12 minutes when Mitch Andrews crossed for his first before Bidgee hit back with two quick-fire four pointers of their own to reduce the deficit to 14-10.

That was as close as the Bulls would get.

The first of Farr’s two tries three minutes from half-time, Joseph Dwyer’s four-pointer and then Farr’s second try – all in the space of 10 minutes – effectively sealed the result, with Baxter nailing all three conversion attempts to bump the Rams out to a 32-10 game-winning advantage.

Running out 44-26 victors, Western is now in the box seat to secure a top-two place in the championship’s southern pool and a semi-final spot.

WESTERN RAMS 44 (Lachlan Farr 2, Mitch Andrews 2, Darby Medlyn, Callum Clyburn, Joseph Dwyer, Izaac Scott tries; Warren Baxter 6 goals) def BIDGEE BULLS 26.

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