Shute Shield: Dogged Eastwood Edge Rebels In Finals’ Rehearsal

by Paul Cook - It wasn’t pretty but on a day when cold, wet and windy conditions were always unlikely to encourage a running game, Eastwood’s defence has just about outpointed Southern Districts to see them home to a gritty 16-13 win at Forshaw Park. In what now shapes up as a dress rehearsal for a potential meeting between the two sides in week one of the finals, the chances of an expansive spectacle were severely reduced with the late omissions of the influential Ben Volavola and Ben Connolly for the hosts, while the Woodies went in without their leading try scorer, Nick Batger. However, that didn’t stop both sides trying to keep ball in hand whenever possible and while Eastwood dominated large parts of the opening stanza, and should have gone to the sheds with a lead greater than 8-0, the Rebels f
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