ST Pat’s have continued their sensational start to the Group 10 premier league season with a resounding 52-12 win over the Blayney Bears at King George Oval.
Just a week after thumping Lithgow Workies by 28 points the Saints secured a second straight win away from home.
With a 22-6 lead at the break Pat’s blew the Bears off the park in the second half, scoring the last 24 points of the game.
“In the first 20 minutes we lost our way a little bit but then we got into a rhythm and starting doing what we talked about at training. Everything fell into place for us,” Pat’s captain-coach Greg Behan said.
“We spoke in the break about attitude. We wanted to start that second half well and we did that.”
The Bears got their game off to a poor start when the kick at the end of their first set went out on the full.
A penalty against the hosts allowed Pat’s to pile on the pressure early and the Saints scored their opening try in the third minute through McCoy White.
Saints didn’t keep the momentum going. An error allowed the Bears to get their first chance close to the Pat’s try line.
Bears five-eighth Isaac Lettice dived on a grubber under the posts and Mitch Evers added the extras to level the scores.
Back-to-back penalties against the Bears led to a try for Saints five-eighth Josh Merritt.
Josh Howarth and Mick Latu scored in quick succession inside the final minutes of the half to push the momentum even more heavily in their side’s favour.
A try for Behan at the start of the second half maintained the Saints advantageous position but a sin bin against the visitors – after a run of penalties on their own try line – gave Blayney an opening.
The Bears’ Zach Stammers made the most of the situation to score a try. That brought the score back to 28-12 and kept Blayney’s faint winning hopes alive.
However, the one man disadvantage didn’t stop the Saints from scoring.
Behan’s second try of the day extended the lead and from there the Saints completely wrestled the game away from Blayney’s grasp.
Ben Gunn, Sam Dwyer and Jordon Naylor all crossed inside the final 17 minutes to take Pat’s past the half century mark.
It’s an encouraging result for Pat’s to take into their first ever match at the new Jack Arrow Oval complex next weekend, where they will face the Oberon Tigers.