Match Report: Round 5 – Randwick v Eastwood

by Paul Cook - Unbeaten Randwick hosted Premiers Eastwood in the clash of the day at Coogee Oval, with the Wicks keen to claim another big scalp as they set their stall out as the real deal in 2016. The Woods came in minus the services of Jed Gillespie, Jared Barry, Matt Gonzalez and Jai Ayoub, while the Wicks were without Ned Hanigan and Nick Kellaway, and Nick’s twin brother Andrew was preparing to strut his stuff six kilometres up the road at Moore Park for the Waratahs. The opening quarter saw both teams feeling each other out, the Woodies happy to put a few kicks in behind and keep their opponents on the backfoot, while the Wicks' vastly improved physicality quelled any dominance from the visitors at the breakdown. The first penalty opportunity didn’t arrive until the 9th minute and the home side showed their intent by opting for the lineout, only for a knock-on to thwart their bravado. A succession of offside penalties eventually led to the first points of the game, Wick
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