Shute Shield Round 11: Easts & Souths, Wicks & Gordon battle for top six spot

Just three competition points separates four side currently in a battle for the sixth and final spot in this year’s playoffs.  Easts host Souths and Randwick take on Gordon in critical matches this weekend. We spoke to the coaches to get the inside word ahead of Saturday.  Eastern Suburbs v Southern Districts Both Easts and Souths will be desperate to return to the winner’s circle when they meet at Woollahra on Saturday.  Easts let a 14 point lead slip in a disappointing loss to a Norths side that refused to go away last Saturday and have now dropped their last two matches.  “It was a better performance when you compare it to the Gordon game but it’s still another loss. I thought both teams defended really well in a pretty direct contest,” Easts coach Pauli Taumoepeau said.  “Each week we’re creating some really solid opportunities but then we find a way to undo that good work with a system or skill error. If we’re going to be stopped, we want the
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