Shute Shield: Emus Break Drought With Win Over Norths

by Brendan Bradford – 713 days. That’s how long it had been since Penrith’s last Shute Shield win. Just over 23 months and a couple of weeks short of two years since the Emus’ First Grade side last sang the team song. On Saturday, at home in front of friends and family they finally broke the drought with a 35-26 win over Northern Suburbs which takes them to 11th place on the ladder. Everyone that’s played Penrith this year has said it was just a matter of time before they notched up a win. They have no problem scoring bonus points, they average over 26-points per game and have a dangerous backline to match it with the best. What often lets the Emus down is ball retention and discipline, but it all fell into place on Saturday as a committed defensive effort and customarily swashbuckling attack
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