Shute Shield: Five Weeks to go and the Season is Heating Up

by Brendan Bradford – Parramatta vs Southern Districts – Even though they restricted Manly to three tries, last weekend’s 28-15 loss was full of frustration for Parramatta. The Two Blues were shown three yellow cards and coach, Gerrard Fasavalu said he walked away from the match as unclear as ever about laws around the ruck. “The scoreboard didn’t go our way, but in saying that, we kept Manly to three tries and kept them from a bonus point,” said Fasavalu. “Going through the video, the policing of certain areas, in particular the gate around the ruck which was virtually non-existent and made it a lot messier than it should have been. As coaches we try to educate the players to play within the laws of the game and a lot of the time the ref wasn’t even calling it. It’s a major frustration.” This Saturday’s show
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