Match Preview: Warringah and Easts battle to keep seasons alive

Knockout rugby begins two weeks early for Warringah and Eastern Suburbs who meet in a must-win clash for both sides at Rat Park tomorrow. After a strong win over Manly, Warringah have jumped to fifth spot heading into the penultimate round of the regular reason, however a loss tomorrow will all but end their finals hopes. Easts are in a similar position after giving up a 34 point lead against Sydney Uni last weekend. “I thought we played really well against Manly and on the back of that, our self-confidence is really improving but we can’t get ahead of ourselves,” Rats coach Greg Marr told Rugby News. “Every game is sudden death for us so last week’s win is now ancient history, although we do take plenty of confidence from the performance.” With star flyhalf Hamish Angus missing, centre Rod Iona was handed the playmaking duties against the Marlins and impressed in the No.10 jersey. In their past five matches, the Rats have averaged more than 40 points a game and Marr is
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