Intrust Super Shute Shield: And then there were six…

by Paul Cook - A thrilling year of Intrust Super Shute Shield rugby built towards an intriguing climax with the final round of the regular season at the weekend. Seven teams were still in contention for the all important top six finals spots before a ball was kicked, four were a chance of the Minor Premiership, three were fighting not to miss out completely, and, as befitting a competition that has delivered week after week in 2016, there was a late, late twist in the tail before it all played out. Sydney University were in pole position, just needing a win at home to Parramatta to cement their first Minor Premiership since 2009 in order to close the door on Southern Districts, Northern Suburbs and Randwick respectively. And despite encountering a dogged Two Blues outfit, bolstered by the appearance of Tatafu Polota-Nau off the bench, the Students duly got the job done 35-12. Given their title-winning record of the previous decade, it’s perhaps surprising to think that this is the
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