Shute Shield: Round 9 Preview – Rebels On the Rebound Against Manly

by Paul Cook - Just over two weeks ago, Southern Districts were sitting pretty on top of the Shute Shield ladder, the only unbeaten side still left in the competition. That record then fell in Round 7 as Sydney University, their usurpers in last year’s Grand Final, came back to haunt them once again with a fiercely contested 5pt win. No time for panic was the mantra from the Rebels after the loss. It was still early days and there’s plenty of football left to play, it was just a case of getting back on the wagon and rolling on against Randwick in the next one. However, where they went into last Saturday’s game as strong favourites to do just that, they came out the other side with their tail firmly between their legs, the latest victim of a reborn Galloping Green machine that is not only playing some fine football, but
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