Shute Shield: Round 18 Wrap Up

Northern Suburbs and Sydney Uni secured a top two finish with impressive wins over finals bound sides in round 18, while Randwick and Eastwood also claimed victories to move up the Shute Shield ladder and better their finals prospects. Elsewhere, West Harbour upset Warringah and Hunter stunned Gordon in the closing minutes. Northern Suburbs 32-29 Eastern Suburbs A 72nd minute Northern Suburbs’ scrum penalty against the feed and close to Eastern Suburbs’ line helped the Shoremen claim a 32-29 victory over the Beasties and secure the Shute Shield minor premiership.  In a preview to what we can expect throughout the Shute Shield finals, little separated the two sides in the first half with Norths taking a 19-15 lead to the break.  A horrific bounce early in the second half then helped Norths’ winger Reece Maau score untouched and claim a 26-15 lead.  Easts hit back minutes later through Ah-Mu Tuimalealiifano and retook the lead in the 68th minute when replacemen
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