Dewar Shield: South-side rivals meet in crucial clash

Endeavour Hills

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The second half of the Dewar Shield competition is underway and this Saturday’s rematch between Endeavour Hills and Moorabbin at Keys Road Reserve shapes to be a crucial match for both teams.

The winner is likely to control their own destiny in securing the last finals spot behind competition leaders Harlequins, Melbourne and Box Hill.

Endeavour Hills took out the last meeting 24-22 at Frog Hollow Reserve and coach Paul Maihi said he expects Moorabbin will be looking to hit back at their home ground.

“Pound for pound it’s going to be a very close one.

“We beat Moorabbin at our home ground by a smidgen so they’ll be fired up and emotional for revenge. We know we’re going to have an extremely physical game.

“We’re two teams that play similar rugby. We play hard up front in the forward pack to set up platforms and give our backs opportunities to open up.”

Maihi said Moorabbin’s off-season changes are starting to gel at the right time for the Rams.

“They’re starting to get into their stride. They’re slowly but surely blending together well now and I think we’ve got them at their mid-competition peak.”

Moorabbin coach Justin Carroll is under no illusions about how important Saturday’s game is for his team.

“We know this is four points we just have to get, being at home.

“We’re getting right into the meaty part of the season now and it’s the next three or four weeks that will determine what will happen.”

In addition to the competition points on the line, recent player movement between the clubs will add an extra dimension to the match, said Carroll.

“The teams know each other very well, there’s a lot of Endeavour guys at our place and a lot of our guys have gone to Endeavour over the years. So it is that south side rivalry.

“We’ve done our homework on what we think they’ll bring and hopefully we can counter it.”