2019 Shute Shield Season Review: Northern Suburbs

Norths were arguably the team to beat at the midway point of the regular season after showing strong early season form without a number of their Super Rugby players who were set to return later in the year.  But things didn’t pan out that way for the Shoreman and the 2016 premiers exited this year’s finals in straight sets.  We caught up with Norths’ coach Nick Hensley to assess the season and recap their 2019 campaign.  Overview with Nick Hensley: “I guess the finish to the year was disappointing and I’ve heard a few people say that we were lucky to finish in the top four, but to be honest I think that’s just reward for good early season form,” Hensley told Rugby News.  “We went and beat Warringah twice, we beat Eastwood away, beat Manly and other good sides like Easts, Souths and Gordon so we were rewarded for that early season form but just weren’t able to capitalise on it.  “We had some injuries towards the back of the season and a few per