Ben Volavola sinks the Students from the sideline in 2014 finals thriller

Southern Districts’ search for a maiden Shute Shield title has been filled with heartbreak.  The club, which formed in 1989 following the merger of Port Hacking and St George, came agonisingly close in their first ever grand final in 2012.  The Rebels led Sydney Uni 11-3 at half time before letting the Students back into the match. Trailing 15-14, Souths attacked and attacked in the closing stages but couldn't break through the rock solid Uni defence.  In 2014, the two sides met again in almost identical circumstances. This time, it was a preliminary final at University Oval and once again the Rebels trailed by one point with just over a minute remaining.  When Souths won a penalty, 40 metres out and five in from touch, fly-half Ben Volavola surprised everyone by pointing to the posts. He’d had an off day with the boot to that point and the kick was well outside his range.  But still stinging from the one-point grand final loss in 2012, Volavola felt it was the
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