Shute Shield Round 7: Top Individual Performers
Norths, Randwick Uni, Warringah and Eastwood all claimed important wins on Saturday. Here’s a look at a few of the top individual performances from round seven.
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James Armstrong – Sydney Uni
Sydney Uni were far from their polished best on Saturday but the efforts of centre James Armstrong went a long way to ensuring the Students got over the line.
Armstrong scored two tries, carried 10 times for 175 metres, made six clean breaks and caused three turnovers.
Wes Thomas – Warringah
After working his way into the first grade side, Warringah local junior Wes Thomas had a breakout game on Saturday and scored three tries from close range to give the Rats the upper hand over Souths.
The mobile hooker seems to have found his place off the hip of Josh Holmes and will likely claim plenty more five pointers this year if that trend continues.
Bayley Kuenzle – Southern Districts
The Rebels attack didn’t quite click at Rat Park but young flyhalf Bayley Kuenzle still made an impact. The lanky playmaker, who is training at the Brumbies, beat 11 defenders on Saturday and scored an impressive individual try early on.
Tevita Piukala – Eastwood
While the Eastwood backs receive most of the attention, the Woodies forwards might just be the hardest working in the competition, if Saturday’s effort is anything to go by.
Flanker Tevita Piukala made 24 tackles on Saturday, while lock Rhys Allen and debutant Josh Anderson both made 18, more than any other players in round seven.
Adrian Musico – Western Sydney
Western Sydney couldn’t repeat their heroics of last weekend, but reigning Catchpole Medal winner Adrian Musico still had a decent arvo, causing four turnovers against the mobile Norths pack.
Tom Halse – Randwick
In his return to first grade, Tom Halse entered Saturday’s clash against Manly midway through the second half, scored with one of his first touches, then added another four goals to help the Wicks upset Manly at home.