Match Report: Qualifying Final – Sydney Uni v Eastwood

by Paul Cook - Minor Premiers for the first time since 2009, Sydney University went into this clash knowing that even defeat would see them line up in next weekend’s Intrust Super Shute Shield semi-finals. But a chance to knock out a respected foe, and reigning Premier, in Eastwood, whilst maintaining momentum into the final four, ensured they weren’t going in with anything other than victory on their agenda. The Woodies meanwhile, had snuck into the finals through the back door, courtesy of that late, late drama at North Sydney Oval the previous Saturday. But now they were there, they were a team that everyone else still feared, and one driven by the knowledge that a loss would end their hopes of a third successive title. A blustery afternoon in the winter sun started inauspiciously for the visitors, a rare Jai Ayoub kick out on the full opening proceedings, before a dropped ball from their first attack blotted the gun flyhalves copybook even further. But you can’t keep a good
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