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Farrell stars in Sarries win
Teenager shows class in Premiership triumph
Posted Dec 08, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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Saracens moved to third in the Aviva Premiership table on Sunday with a terrific 26-14 win over Harlequins at Vicarage Road. And it was teenage fly-half Owen Farrell who stole the show with a remarkable performance.
Farrell, the son of Sarries coach and former international Andy, kicked 16 points to add to tried from David Strettle and Schalk Brits.
The teenage Farrell played beyond his years and showed a maturity that many of his teammates could only dream of. He made brilliant decisions throughout and kicked fantastically well, playing with great tactical awareness, taking his time and making the right call with a degree of calmness.
It’s been said that the best fly-halves play as if they are wearing dinner suits, and that is shown more when they are controlling the game and looking settled in their play. And that is exactly how this young maestro appeared on Sunday.
And he proved that he has more to his game than just a fine pair of boots. He played his part in the build up to Strettle’s try with the 19-year-old feeding the England International, who side-stepped Will Skinner for a simple score under the posts.
Farrell made the game look easy. He looked assured in his own ability. He looked a hell of a player. And surely if this kind of performance level is maintained then an international call-up won’t be far behind.
England have struggled to find a consistency in the number ten shirt since Jonny Wilkinson was beset with injuries and having such a talented player coming through and plying his trade in one of the country’s top teams can only bode well for the future. His biggest test will be once Gavin Henson comes into the coach’s selection thoughts. The Welsh international has said he wants to move to fly-half upon his return and what better person to teach the young Farrell more of that position.
I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw another Farrell donning an England shirt in the future. He future certainly looks extremely bright.