Shute Shield: Round 6 Wrap Up
Eastwood stun the defending premiers, Southern Districts return to the winner’s circle and Sydney Uni prove once again that the Students are the real deal in 2018.
Catch up on all the round six Shute Shield action from the weekend.
West Harbour 61-22 Gordon
West Harbour continued their strong run of form with a dominant bonus point with over Gordon.
On a cold day at Concord, the Pirates forwards were far too big and strong for the Highlanders and charged over the advantage line to create space out wide for the West Harbour backs.
Front rowers David Lolohea and Andrew Tuala both scored five pointers while winger Jack Sullivan claimed a hat trick in the nine try to three victory.
Gordon No.8 Tala Moli was a standout in a losing side and scored two tries, but it was little but consolation on another tough afternoon for the Highlanders.
They travel to face Southern Districts next weekend, while West Harbour take on an in form Eastwood side.
Northern Suburbs 28-17 Randwick
Northern Suburbs bounced back from a poor performance against West Harbour to claim an important 28-17 victory over Randwick at Coogee Oval in premiership winning backrower James Brown’s last game for the club.
The Shoreman led 10-0 early, before Randwick fought their way into the match and scored two tries to claim a 12-10 half time lead and take momentum into the break.
Norths scored off the opening kick off in the second half to reclaim the lead and pushed further ahead when reserve prop Kali Tawake barged over.
Randwick centre Ben Starkey scored to reduce the deficit to eight points heading into backend of the match, but an Angus Sinclair penalty goal sealed the result and a 28-17 away victory for Norths.
Southern Districts 35-33 Eastern Suburbs
Southern Districts overcame a slow start and scored two late converted tries to claim a vital 35-33 victory over Easts on Surf Club Day at Forshaw.
Easts dominated the battle up front in the opening 20 minutes and led 14-0 after tries to Dean Oakman-Hunt and Charlie Clifton.
Searching for just their second win of the season, the Rebels forwards began to break the advantage line midway through the first half and quickly levelled the scores heading into the half time break.
Easts pushed further ahead early in the second half and looked to have sealed victory when Rowan Perry crossed to give the visitors a 33-21 lead.
But on the back of a dominant scrum, Southern Districts played their best rugby of the season in the final 15 minutes and scored two converted tries to claim a crucial two point win.
Following first grade, North Cronulla Sea Lice kicked a penalty goal to claim a 20-19 victory over local rivals Burraneer under lights in the highest attended sixth grade Subbies game of all time.
Sydney University 45-13 Manly
Any doubts over Sydney University’s premiership credentials have been put to rest following a dominant 45-13 victory over Manly at Camperdown.
Coming off a bye, Manly welcomed back Melbourne Rebels No.8 Jordy Reid for the clash against the Students, but the Marlins had few answers for the electric university attack.
After leading 19-6 at half time, Sydney Uni scored another four second half tries, including a double to young fullback Tim Clements to claim their fifth bonus point victory of the season.
Manly flyhalf Nick Holton scored all 13 points for the visitors, who will need to improve ahead of next weekend’s local derby against Warringah.
Sydney Uni head to Woolahra Oval to play Easts on Ladies Day.
Eastwood 22-12 Warringah
Eastwood caused the upset of the weekend and sent a warning to the remainder of the competition with a 22-12 victory over Warringah.
Warringah led 7-0 early following a Harry Jones try, before the Woodies scored 22 unanswered points to claim a commanding lead.
The Rats crossed through Potu Leavasa to give their travelling fans hope of a comeback, but they couldn’t bust the 14-man Eastwood defence in the final minutes.
Warringah flyhalf Hamish Angus returned from injury from the bench, but that was the only positive for the Rats on a disappointing day at TG Millner.
Eastwood have now won three straight matches and will take plenty of confidence into next weekend’s clash against West Harbour.
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