Shute Shield: Record Breaking Students In Seventh Heaven

by Brendan Bradford – In the end, Sydney University were a class above. That’s what happens when a squad of Super Rugby players take on a team of amateurs. The final 51-6 score-line was an ugly and undeserved end to an otherwise successful Eastwood season, but take nothing away from Sydney University – despite their embarrassment of riches, there was still a game to be won, and they won it. Convincingly. It‘s the first time a side has scored 50-points in a club Grand Final and it is the biggest winning margin in Grand Final history. Leading the game from the first minute, the Students – motivated by the impending retirements of Tim Davidson and Tom Carter and boosted by the inclusion of Bernard Foley – earned a seven-tries-to-one victory to claim their eighth title in nine years. For Foley, whose only other Grand Final experie
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