Davies, Wileman big ins for Rats as Manly go same, same for derby
By MARK CASHMAN
Warringah coach Mike Ruthven has given his side something of a recast as they prepare for the Battle of the Beaches against Manly at Pittwater Rugby Park on Saturday.
The Round Nine match between the two northern beaches rivals is the highlight of Round Nine of the Shute Shield that also features cracking games in Gordon v Eastwood, Randwick v Sydney Uni and Eastern Suburbs v Northern Suburbs.
Ruthven has brought promising line out forward Andrew Davies back into the Rats’ pack for the game against the Marlins and pushed Alex O’Dell to the side of the scrum.
That means that Rory Suttor, one of Warringah’s form players over the past month, will work off the bench.
Explaining the Suttor move, Ruthven said: “He has a very big part to play on Saturday and is an integral part of our team. Rory will provide a huge amount of energy and real hard edge when he comes into the game.”
In the backline Seb Wileman makes a return to the run on side at outside centre with Ben Woollett moving out on to the right edge.
Joining Suttor on the bench fresh will be prop Harrison Courtney, outside back Charlie Tupu and new recruit Ignacio Calas, a lock who has been in the Melbourne Rebels system.
Calas continues Warringah’s long links with Argentina and the Rats are hoping that he will add some depth to their forward ranks.
At Manly first grade coach Matt McGoldrick has stuck with the side that ran on to play Northern Suburbs last weekend.
But they are likely to use Sam Lane, who played the final 20 minutes against Norths, off the bench.
Lane looked handy at times when he came on and obviously knows his way through the pressure situations that come with these sort of derbies.
At Gordon Tom Horan gets the chance for another run on in first grade taking the place of skipper Jordie Goddard for the Highlanders game against Eastwood.
Brandon Quinn also returns to the Gordon run on side after being named on the wing in a backline rejigged following the injury to Kevin Fuavao, the centre.
Eastwood coach Ben Batger has brought Chris Bell back into the No.10 jersey and will use Rat Tuisese in his backrow from the start of this game at Chatswood Oval.
Northern Suburbs welcome back James Turner to their right edge for the game against Eastern Suburbs at Wooollahra.
The Shoremen have named Max Burey again at flyhalf with Angus Sinclair not quite right after a quad injury has sidelined him for the past couple of rounds.
In the forwards Max Ma’a will start at tight head prop and Gary Bautz comes in for Charlie Jeavons-Fellows who injured an elbow last weekend at Manly Oval.
At Eastern Suburbs first grade coach Pauli Taumoepeau will team Irie Papuni and skipper Jack Digby in the second row.
Archie Gavin, James Donato and Dean Oakman-Hunt will again work away in the Beasties backrow.
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