Shute Shield Report Card: We Grade Each Club After 5 Rounds

We’re just over a quarter of the way through the 2021 regular season and have now seen enough of each of the 13 teams to get a decent gauge on each club’s start to the year.

While things might not end up this way come August, here’s what we’ve rated each club’s start to the 2021 Shute Shield season.

Sydney Uni: A+ (1st - 5 wins; 25 pts)

Five bonus point wins from five starts, it’s hard to argue with Sydney Uni’s A+ grade particularly considering the Students missed the playoffs last season.

Rob Taylor’s return has paid immediate dividends with the Students averaging 52 points a match so far this season.

They have had one of the easier starts to the year though and face a tough month of rugby ahead.

Next five: Easts, Warringah, Bye Randwick, Gordon

Northern Suburbs: A+ (2nd - 5 wins; 22 pts)

There’s a new coach but few worries at Norths so far this season. Like Uni, they’ve had an easier start to the year but showed enough in wins over Gordon and Souths to suggest the Shoreman will be back at the business end again in 2021.