Shute Shield: Gritty Defence Sets Up Eastwood’s Second-Half Surge

by Brendan Bradford - Eastwood is a club that seems to thrive under pressure. Playing with 14 men for a quarter of the game against a Super Rugby laden Sydney University, the Woods withstood a mountain of first half pressure to lead 10-7 at halftime before storming home to win 34-13 at University Oval on Saturday. As it was in Super Rugby earlier in the day, this was a blockbuster match between the two most recent champions, and as happened in Hamilton, the 2011 winners notched up a bonus point win over the more recent victors. While the result surprised many, it is Eastwood's sixth straight win over the Students dating back to 2010. “We’re battlers and today we really aimed up,” said Eastwood coach John Manenti. “We didn’t have any ball in the first h
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