NSW GPS: Joeys and Scots face banana skin matches ahead of final round showdown
Joeys and Scots kept their 2019 GPS premiership hopes alive with tight wins over Riverview and Kings respectively in round three.
Joeys were too strong for rivals Riverview in the second half of their grudge match at Hunters Hill scoring five tries in a 34-23 victory, while Scots scored a late try to claim a come from behind 15-14 victory over Kings.
The two undefeated schools will meet one another on the final Saturday of the competition in just under a fortnight’s time but will need to survive two potential banana skin matches in round four this weekend.
Joeys face a Kings side that’s been boosted by the return of star back Joseph Suaallii, while Scots will travel to Stanmore to face an in form Newington team who are still in the premiership hunt.
Scots’ clash against Newington on Old Boys Day at Stanmore will be particularly tight.
While Scots remain undefeated, they’ve been lucky to get the points in their past two clashes and were poor on Saturday against Kings.
Newington were at their devastating best in a 57 point win over Shore on Saturday.
The black and whites were beaten by Joeys in round one but have scored 93 points in their last two matches.
Led by electric outside back Tolu Koula, the Newington backs ran riot against Shore on Saturday, scoring nine tries.
But they may have a tougher time doing so in round four against a Scots side with the best defensive record in the competition.
The Eastern Suburbs side has leaked just 33 points in their three competition matches so far this year, 20 less than their nearest rival.
If Joeys and Scots both win on Saturday, they’ll meet to decide the 2019 premiership in round five.
If Newington beats Scots, they’ll then need Scots to beat Joeys in the final round to have a shot at a joint premiership.