Shute Shield: Round Two Wrap Up
After two rounds, Sydney Uni, Easts and Norths all remain undefeated, while four other sides claimed their first win of the season on Saturday.
Catch up on all the action from another exciting weekend of Shute Shield rugby.
Eastern Suburbs 52-0 Gordon
Eastern Suburbs have recorded their best start to a season since 2012 after claiming a comprehensive bonus point win over Gordon at Chatswood Oval.
The Beasties ran in seven tries, including a double to new hooker Connal McInerney, while flyhalf Mack Mason had a perfect afternoon with the boot in the 52-0 victory.
Gordon have leaked 100 points in their opening two matches since implementing new defensive structures over summer and will need to regroup ahead of almost must win matches against Penrith and Parramatta in the next two weeks.
The Beasties sit second and will take plenty of confidence into next weekend’s local derby against Randwick.
West Harbour 33-26 Southern Districts
West Harbour claimed their first big upset of the year, beating Southern Districts 33-26 at Concord Oval.
The two sides traded blows early in the match before the Pirates scored back to back tries to lead 23-14 at the break.
Souths fullback Jamie Verran bagged a hattrick to give his side hope of a come from behind victory, but West Harbour sealed the result with a try to Jack Sullivan. New flyhalf Sam Malcolm contributed 13 points from the boot in an impressive Concord Oval debut.
Despite the loss, the Rebels were able to claim two crucial bonus points and are fourth after two rounds, while West Harbour sit in sixth spot after claiming their first win of the year.
Northern Suburbs 25-21 Manly
Norths claimed their second big scalp in as many weeks, beating Manly 25-21 to consolidate their spot at the top end of the Shute Shield ladder.
In a match with five lead changes, the Shoreman came from behind again to claim victory and scored back to back tries through Nathan Russell and JP Sauni midway through the second half to secure the result.
A late try to Manly prop Gunz Fuavao gave Marlins fans hope but it came too late as Norths held on for a four point victory.
They host Eastwood in a third straight blockbuster clash next Saturday, while Manly head south to face Southern Districts.
Sydney Uni 97-0 Penrith
After missing the finals for the first time since 1998 last season, Sydney Uni have returned to form in emphatic style and lead the competition after two rounds.
The Students scored 14 tries including a hat trick to young fullback Tim Clements and doubles to Matt Sandell, Daniel Calvassy and Eddy King.
While Sydney Uni have had one of the easier starts to the season, fans should get a better gauge of where the Students are at this year after matches against West Harbour and Norths in the upcoming fortnight.
Penrith coach Chip Carroll will be disappointed with his side’s defensive effort, something they’ll need to improve before they face Gordon next weekend.
Warringah 46-19 Randwick
Warringah bounced back from a disappointing round one loss to Norths with a comprehensive victory over Randwick at Rat Park on Saturday.
The Rats raced away to a 31-0 lead before the visitors bothered the score attendant and although Randwick crossed for three tries, the result was never in doubt after Warringah’s first half onslaught.
In a positive for the Galloping Greens, Australian Sevens forward Sam Croke made his return for Randwick from the bench in a timely boost for the club ahead of next weekend’s local derby against Easts.
Eastwood 37-12 Parramatta
Eastwood claimed their first victory of the season on Saturday, beating a disappointing Parramatta side 37-12.
The Two Blues were slow out of the gates for a second straight week and allowed Eastwood to score four unanswered tries and race away to a 30-0 lead.
Woodies winger Zac Mackay claimed a double, while halfback Mick Snowden contributed with 17 individual points and looks to be more than comfortable back playing in the Shute Shield.
Parramatta will need to improve significantly, particularly early in the match, ahead of their clash with Norths next week, while Eastwood will also need to step up when they travel to Warringah in round three.
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