Shute Shield: All the Coaches’ Take on the Round Two Action
By MARK CASHMAN
Lots of intriguing action as Round Two of the Shute Shield played out on Saturday.
Eastern Suburbs got their first win of 2020 when they defeated West Harbour in the TV match of the week at Woollahra Oval, while a little bit across the east at Coogee Randwick came up with one of the great escape acts with a 13-8 win over last year's grand finalists Warringah.
Elsewhere Eastwood, Sydney Uni, Northern Suburbs and Gordon all got good wins.
Here's what the coaches had to say about their sides' efforts on the weekend:
EASTERN SUBURBS V WEST HARBOUR
Eastern Suburbs recorded their first win of the 2020 Shute Shield competition with a solid 36-10 win over West Harbour in the TV match of the round on Saturday.
The Beasties jumped out of the blocks early with tries to Charlie Smith and Richie Woolf and actually led 15-3 at the halftime break.
Like last week backrower Sam Shires, new to Easts this year after having the previous two seasons at Manly, was the pick of the bunch showing the way with good carries and solid, bruising defence.
Centre Henry Paterson was another to do well on the artificial surface at Woollahra which can take time for teams to adjust to early in the season.