Jun 26, 2013
Farrell enjoying healthy battle with Sexton
Fresh from his impressive performance in the British and Irish Lions victory of the Mebourne Rebels, fly-half Owen Farrell spoke of his “healthy battle” with Jonny Sexton for the coveted starting red 10 jersey.
As the incumbent No.10, Irishman Jonny Sexton is the favourite to be named in Warren Gatland’s test team for Saturday’s game against the Wallabies, but the Saracens playmaker posted the Lions coaching team a timely reminder of his abilities with a superb display at outside half against the Rebels at AAMI Park.
Farrell who stretched his kicking success rate for the tour to 18 out of 19 during the 35-0 victory, explained;
"I have been asked to play a bit wider and a bit flatter and take it to the line a bit more which I'm comfortable with and I want to do that," he said. "I have been enjoying it.
“We just had to make sure that we kept going forward, whether it's through the middle or out wide.
"We felt we could go wide at times. But at the right times as well we wanted to keep going through the middle of them and to be fair to us, we kept getting quick ball off the back of it.
"The forwards were working hard again, backing up off the scrums and line-outs after going forward in the first place.”
When asked about his test chances this weekend, Farrell was keen to praise his rival Sexton;
“It’s a healthy battle. Jonny is an outstanding player and I’m learning a lot off him. If it keeps going the same like this I will be extremely happy by the end of this tour.”