2020 Shute Shield Season Review: Sydney Uni
After winning back to back Shute Shield premierships, Sydney Uni looked on track for another title assault in 2020 but were stunned by Northern Suburbs on a windy day at Rat Park in the opening week of the finals.
An Eastwood win the following day, ended the Students season. Uni did manage to win the second grade and colts premiership on grand final day and appear hungry to return to their best in 2021.
Overview with Michael Hodge:
“It was a disappointing way to finish the season, particularly because we really believed that we were doing all the things we needed to do to play well at the end of the year,” Hodge told Rugby News.
“We weren't perfect, but we thought we were in a place where we had enough to give the finals a good shake. We led against Gordon 19-3 after about 20 minutes and to Gordon’s credit, they came back. We played well against Norths a week later and then built some good momentum against a tough Parra side in the final round.
“Even in the first half of the semi final against Norths, we were running into the wind but we controlled the game quite well and I was quite confident at half time. We knew they are the type of side that would fight all the way and that’s exactly what they did.
“It was really disappointing to lose the way we did because we let ourselves down in most of the big moments towards the end of that game. We just didn’t execute under pressure when we needed to.