SOUTH Grafton High School is shaping to go deep into the Buckley Shield knockout after a comprehensive performance at McKittrick Park.

The under-14 side stepped up a gear to thrash Western Region champions Narromine High 58-0.

"I reckon we can go far in this competition and beat one of the Sydney teams," captain Lewis Cooper, who scored a hat-trick, said after the impressive display.

"We just need to play like we did today. We were much better defensively, we got the ball out to the backs and played as a team."

The team now takes on Armidale High in the round of 16, likely to be played in Grafton next Thursday, with the winner earning a trip to either Newcastle or Sydney for the quarterfinals.

The side is blessed with size and strength, with the likes of Lachie Arthur proving a handful to bring down, and skill to burn with halves Rio Gardoll and Jack Gull possessing an uncanny ability to sense gaps in defence.

The South Grafton Opens meanwhile take on Farrer Agricultural High at McKittrick Park next Thursday in the corresponding fixture of the University Shield.



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