Shute Shield: Round 5 Wrap Up
Sydney Uni reclaim top spot, West Harbour scare Norths and Eastern Suburbs prove too good for Parramatta in the Central West.
Catch up on all the round five Shute Shield action from this weekend.
Sydney University 87-10 Gordon
Sydney University bounced back from their first loss of 2018 with a dominant bonus point win over Gordon at Chatswood Oval.
The visitors ran in 13 tries, including a hat trick to halfback Theo Strang, while winger James Kane scored two tries and kicked 10 conversions to finish the match with 30 individual points.
Gordon scored two of the final three tries but were no match for the Students, who are averaging over 57 points a match so far this year.
Sydney Uni now lead the competition on 22 points, while Gordon are 11th with just one win from their opening five matches.
Eastwood 43-29 Randwick
Eastwood scored 33 unanswered points in a dominant second half performance to claim an important bonus point win over Randwick at Coogee Oval.
The Woodies trailed early but scored twice through props Dean Doumbos and Rob Lagudi late in the first half to head to the halftime break trailing by just two.
From then, the Woodies dominated and ran in four second half tries to blow the Galloping Greens away and secure a spot in the top six.
The return of Dave Horwtiz wasn’t enough to inspire Randwick, who have now lost three of their past four matches and sit outside of the top six for the first time this year.
Northern Suburbs 20-20 West Harbour
Norths flyhalf Angus Sinclair has kicked a late penalty goal to help his side salvage a 20-20 draw against West Harbour at North Sydney Oval.
The undefeated Shoreman were uncharacteristically poor after last week’s top of the table clash against Sydney Uni but led 17-10 midway through the second half.
West Harbour looked to have stolen victory after a Kelly Meafua try and Sam Malcolm penalty goal, but Norths were able to strike back to split the points.
“We need to change our attitude and hold onto the ball,” Norths skipper Hugh Sinclair said after the match.
“We dropped the ball far too many times in our own half and in this competition, if your attitude is five or 10 per cent off, you’re not going to win. We certainly weren’t up to the standards we played with last week.”
Warringah 38-24 Southern Districts
Warringah has added to Southern Districts misery, running in six tries to claim a 38-24 victory over the struggling Rebels at Rat Park.
The defending premiers led for the entire 80 minutes and although Souths scored back to back tries to fight back early in the second half, three tries to Warringah winger Harry Jones proved the difference.
Despite starting the season as one of the competition’s favourites, Souths have just one win over Penrith to their name so far this year and play three teams in the top four in the next month.
Warringah are third, two competition points behind Sydney Uni but also face a tough period, heading into matches against Eastwood, Manly and Easts.
Eastern Suburbs 41-7 Parramatta
Eastern Suburbs continue their impressive form with a dominant 41-7 bonus point win over Parramatta in Orange.
The Beasties scored seven unanswered tries to set up a comfortable victory, before leaking a try late in the match to fullback Jaline Graham.
They have the best defensive record in the competition after five rounds and have conceded one try or less in three of their five matches in 2018.
Easts are fourth heading into next weekend’s away clash against Southern Districts while Parramatta are 11th after claiming their first win of the year last weekend.
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