Shute Shield: Coaches preview all the games in Round Two

By MARK CASHMAN

After an entertaining opening weekend of the 2020 season, Shute Shield rugby returns on Saturday with Easts and West Harbour both looking to notch their first win in the match of the round. Sydney Uni will look to back up their impressive opening round win over Warringah when they host Manly, while Eastwood head up the coast to play Newcastle.

Elsewhere, Norths will be the first to face the returning Penrith Emus, while Gordon take on Western Sydney.

We spoke to all the coaches to get the inside word ahead of round two.

EASTERN SUBURBS V WEST HARBOUR at Woollahra Oval (TV game)

Two yellow cards in the first half against Gordon in Round One signalled that Eastern Suburbs were concentrating on who they were playing and not on what makes their side tick along.

Sometimes that sort of stuff happens but it did suggest to Beasties coach Pauli Taumoepeau that there is work to do before they can be considered the side the rest of the competition think they can be.

When they take on West Harbour in the TV match of the round on Saturday the focus will be on themselves.

“We’re still very much internally focussed,” Taumoepeau said.

“I’ve seen Wests game v Norths but I didn’t really take anything out of it other than they’re a team with a lot of strike.