Saints finish strong against Crows to hold onto top spot

The Southern Saints sit alone at the top of the Premiership ladder after defeating the Western Crows by 42 points at QBE Stadium yesterday afternoon.

 

It was a top of the table clash as both sides were equal on four wins each as they went head to head for the second time this season.

The Crows were first to score but the Saints responded quickly with the next 3 goals with Harley Jenkins slotting 2 within the first 10 minutes of the game.

The Saints went into the first break leading by a point but were lucky in that the Crows forgot their kicking boots as they had 5 more scoring shots but were unable to convert.

Saints Captain Michael Boyce was working hard around the contest and working well in defence with Jalan Farris who continues to have a good first season in the Premiership.

Luke Williams and Luke Dunning were both performing well for the Crows as they trailed the Saints by only 2 goals at half time.

Finn Moffat and Harley Jenkins are becoming a dominant duo in the Saints forward line as they extended their lead in the third quarter by kicking a goal each. Their fast leads and strong hands are proving difficult for their opposition this season.

Kicking with the wind in the final term, the Saints showed their class kicking 5 goals to 1 including a massive banana from small forward Dominic Parkes-Dolan to seal a famous victory.

The Saints are now 1 win away from locking in a Grand Final spot and they come up against a red hot Giants side in round 7 next week.

 

The hero:

Saints Captain Michael Boyce continues to lead from the front. He gives it everything on the field and was tremendous in yesterdays game.

The support cast:

Harley Jenkins continues his good form and kicked 5 goals at Full Forward for the Saints.

The consolation effort:

Ty Smith had his best game of the year for the Crows. The NZ ruckman was back to his best and even managed 2 goals when he moved up into the forward line.

Say what?

“The Saints were too strong today but I thought we battled really well and stayed in the game the whole time.” Western Crows Head Coach, Chris Mundell.

“We were solid out there today and hats off to the squad on how they fronted up.” Southern Saints Assistant Coach, Craig Goodhue.

 

 

Goal Scorers:

Southern Saints: Harley Jenkins 5, James Southby 2, Finn Moffat 2, Travis Walker 1, Jevaan Croft 1, Dominic Parkes-Dolan 1

Western Crows: Sam Barrett 3, Ty Smith 2, Drew Bridge 1

Best on ground:

Southern Saints: Thomas Turner

Western Crows: Luke Dunning