Match Preview: Northern Suburbs (2) v Eastwood (5)

After producing arguably their best performance of the season in a big win over Easts in round 17, Norths were far from their best in a scrappy win over Randwick last weekend. While two late tries was enough to secure victory and a home qualifying final against Eastwood, coach Shannon Fraser doesn't think a similar performance will be good enough come Sunday. “We definitely under performed last weekend defensively and in some of our effort areas. We improved throughout the game and found form late but at this time of year, that performance profile will get you knocked out,” he said. “We’ll need to start well against Eastwood and keep our standards up for 85 minutes.” If Norths can win on Sunday, they won’t have to play away from North Sydney Oval again this season and will be odds on to host a third straight Shute Shield grand final. But Fraser said the 2016 premiers aren't looking that far ahead. “Eastwood are probably the most settled team in the final
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