Shute Shield: Muggo says Penrith Emus are ready for their baptism of fire

By MARK CASHMAN Penrith Emus head coach John Muggleton would probably have preferred a softer landing in their return to Shute Shield competition but as he said this week it what it is. The Emus cop the bye in Round One on July 18 but after that they take on Northern Suburbs, Southern Districts, defending premiers Sydney Uni and Randwick in the space of a month. That’s two top four clubs from 2019 (Sydney Uni and Norths) and the others (Souths and Randwicks) only a win or two out of the finals last season. “Yeah it certainly is a real baptism of fire,” Muggleton said. “But we’ve just got to work our way through that period and then aim at being as competitive as we can be at the back end of the competition. “We have been at it for six weeks and to be honest we have just worried about ourselves and preparing to play a brand of footy that is hard to beat. “We are getting there but it certainly hasn’t been easy with all the ramifications of Covid-19 an
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