Farrar loved Magic despite Broncos defeat

London Broncos utility back Ben Farrar thoroughly enjoyed playing at Magic Weekend.

This was despite his team losing the event’s opening fixture 22-24 to Catalan Dragons. But the early kick-off and the heat gave the day a special feel, accorinding to Farrar.

“It’s a really great concept. All the boys loved playing today. It was a great day,” he told Love Rugby League.

“It did [pose a challenge], absolutely. Kicking off at 12.30 anywhere is pretty tough. It throws your whole rhythm out, playing that early, plus the heat.

“But, to be honest, it was really good. We haven’t played a sunny game like that all season.

“I don’t know what it would have been like to watch, but I’m sure it would have been pretty entertaining.

“It was a throw-it-around sort of game. There was a few mistakes in the first half. That added to the footy and the good weather though.

“It’s a really good concept. Having so many teams play in one place over two days is amazing, there’s nothing like it in the world.

“It’s great to be a part of it.”

The game was marked by several handling errors from both teams, but Farrar felt that it added to the entertainment that the close game provided.

“I don’t know if it was nerves or what,” he said.

“But both teams seemed to start a bit shakey. I remember looking up to see about 15 minutes gone, and it seemed all we had done was drop the ball, and them too.

“I think it was a bit of both, poor execution and a bit of pressure from the defences.

“But there were some good tries scored, and it was great entertainment.”

The Australian was also proud that his team-mates handled the physical threat that the Dragons always seem to offer.

“Thats what they base their game around – they’re big and physical,” he explained.

“We knew that was going to happen. They played pretty well in their own right, but I thought our boys stood up to it.

“I’m really proud of them.”

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