In focus: Sydney duo start NRC strongly


After being shell-shocked by a dominant NSW Country pack in the opening 20 minutes, Lachlan Swinton and Will Harrison played contrasting roles but were certainly integral to the visitors clawing back a 26-point deficit.

Swinton was his usual physical self, a trait that has withstood the rigours of Super Rugby and drawn plaudits from the pinnacle of the game in Australia.

Harrison showed poise under pressure and a maturity beyond his years as he guided Sydney around the park in just his second season in the NRC.

Both found their way over the stripe, with Swinton the beneficiary of a damaging run from Shambeckler Vui, and Harrison showing plenty of skill with a kick and regather after being put into space by Lalakai Foketi.

It’s clear that both players have gained plenty from their varied experiences throughout 2019, Swinton playing regular Super Rugby and Harrison reaching the U20 World Championship final with the Junior Wallabies.

Swinton’s work rate was again a feature, with 14 carries and 11 tackles to go with 2 clean breaks and 4 lineouts won.

Harrison was a handful for the NSW Country defence making 3 clean breaks and beating 4 defenders, while also turning it on for his team mates with 2 clean break assists.

Harrison will miss this weekend’s clash with Brisbane City, having been made available for Randwick’s clash with Argentina at Coogee Oval in another stern test for the young playmaker.






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