By MARK CASHMAN
Northern Suburbs centre Nathan Russell scored two tries in a dominating display that underlined his increasing confidence at Shute Shield level as the Shoremen beat the Hunter Wildfires 50-10 on Saturday.
Russell has been in and around the first grade group at North Sydney Oval for a number of seasons but really made a major statement of his ability with a great all round effort in what was a hugely physical game.
Norths scored seven tries to one but that was far from being an indicator of how the game played out.
As his centre partner Harry Burey said after the game, much like the effort against Penrith in Round Two, the scoreline was far from being a true indication of what happened between the white lines for the 80 minutes.
The Wildfires really took it to the home side on Saturday but it was their connectivity in defence and just the general hustle that saw the scoreline for the home side keep ticking over.
Russell was all over the ground, carrying