Eastwood prepare for tough roadtrip to take on Southern Districts

Eastwood are preparing for what coach Ben Batger considers one of the toughest road trips in the Shute Shield on Saturday when his side heads to Forshaw to take on Southern Districts.

The Woodies and Rebels have built a strong rivalry over the past decade and while Eastwood have the 2014 grand final victory to look back on, Souths’ have arguably had the better of the two side’s clashes in recent years.

“It’s a tough place to win, that’s for sure,” Batger told Rugby News.

“I remember our trip down there last year particularly well because they absolutely belted us.

“I still maintain that on that particular day, they were the best team we played all year last season, so it’s going to be a tough battle.”

Batger’s praise of the Rebels' performance in the 34-19 round one victory last season provides an interesting insight into Southern Districts and their potential.