Preliminary final preview: Eastwood v Southern Districts

After playing out two of the tightest matches this season, you get the feeling Sunday’s preliminary final between Eastwood and Southern Districts will be another absolute cracker. A Jai Ayoub dropgoal handed the Woodies a 42-41 victory over Souths back in round 10, before the Rebels hit back just two weeks later, claiming a 25-24 victory at Forshaw. “We match up pretty well against one another and our recent history shows that,” Woodies coach John Manenti told Rugby News. “Whatever the outcome, you know it will be a contest right until the end and whichever team goes through to the grand final will have earned their right to be there.” Eastwood proved too good for Warringah yet again at TG Millner last weekend, with fullback Ben Batger adding 15 points to help the Woodies to a 23-10 victory. Whilst Manenti admitted his side improved on their scrappy round 18 performance, he expects a tougher challenge come Sunday. “It was definitely a step in the right direction, but w
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