Awesome stuff.Some impressive Harold Matts performances in today's Westfields win in the Schoolboys Cup:
Westfields halves Lachlan Galvin and Blaize Talagi have sent a shockwave through the Peter Mulholland Cup, spearheading a dominant win over rivals Patrician Brothers Blacktown.
Any pre-game thought of Patrician Brothers success in recent meetings between the schools was obliterated at Bluebet Stadium as Westfields slick backline and barnstorming forward pack notched a half century in the 54-10 win.
It was billed as a heavyweight bout, but if it was in a ring, the towel would have been well and truly thrown by the end of the first half as Westfields dominated their arch-rivals.
Westfields star Kit Laulilii busts through a tackle. Pic: Richard Dobson.
It was the school’s representative players who stood tall tearing up the middle of the park and exploiting some lacklustre defence from the Patrician Brothers middles.
Da Silva scored a double backing up out of dummy-half while Talagi played a key role in most of the visitors four-pointers as they stormed out to a 22-point lead at halftime, before going on with the game after the break.
Fellow NSW CHS representative Solomone Saukuru showed why selectors have locked him in for the ASSRL National Championships in Redcliffe next week, leaving defenders in his wake with every charging run.
Luke Laulilii sprints away to score a try. Pic: Richard Dobson.
Lachlan Galvin adds to the Westfields score. Pic: Richard Dobson.
The backrower scored a barnstorming try in the first half and worked hard off the outside shoulder of impressive halfback Lachlan Galvin.
The Westfields Sports High left-edge proved near unstoppable in the opening half, breaking down their opposition with hard running and smart lines.
While Patrician Brothers showed signs of fight at the back end of the first half and even started the second on the front foot with a slick try to backrower Jordan Faleono, they couldn’t go with their hot-handed rivals who ran away with the contest.
A long-range try to fullback Luke Laulilii and sweeping backline play for winger Will Craig to dive across in the corner put the icing on a comprehensive performance
Westfields proved far too strong. Pic: Richard Dobson.
Westfields 54 (Tallyn Da Silva 2, Lachlan Galvin 2, Will Craig 2, Solomone Saukuru, Mohamed Alameddine, Sam Tuivati, Luke Laulilii tries; Alameddine 6/9, Da Silva 1/1 goals) def Patrician Brothers Blacktown 10 (Ben Zahra, Jordan Faleono tries; John-Paul Donevsky 1/2 goals)
4 of the Try Scorers and Kit Lauliti our captain of the HM side this year.
Long bow but to me this and those players are the start of our future right there.
They are in the same team in junior reps and go to the same school and represent.
This group needs to be our future first graders and we build around it. That’s why I joke about a premiership in 2032 but in reality those boys would be 27 odd by then and in their prime.
Question though, isn’t Westsfields in Parramatta’s catchment?