Match Report Rd 2: Warringah v Northern Suburbs

by Paul Cook - A night under the lights at Rat Park is always one of the more enjoyable ways to spend an evening of Shute Shield coverage and this game was no exception, both sides eager to throw it around a bit and entertain the healthy crowd at Pittwater Rugby Park. The Rats held sway early on, flyhalf Hamish Angus pulling the strings and cajoling his forwards around the paddock as Norths took some time to get out of the sheds. Missing the gun duo of Josh Holmes (fractured throat) and Dave Feltscheer (broken hand), the home side still looked pretty menacing with ball in hand. But for all their territory, they couldn’t quite find a way through the red and black wall. That is, until Manessah Alaga popped up to finish off a lineout drive on 17 minutes, the young prop joining the maul to great effect as the Shoremen were splintered a tad too easily and Alaga was driven over the chalk. Angus added the extras and as the end of the first quarter loomed, the visitors were struggling to
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