Shute Shield: Skipper Grant a key man as Beasties launch finals campaign against Woods

By MARK CASHMAN

There are bigger names in the Eastern Suburbs Shute Shield side that launches its finals campaign against Eastwood on Sunday but none more vital to the Beasties than skipper and scrum half Jack Grant.

Rob Leota, Alex Newsome and Lalaki Foketi to name a few, but Grant has been the quiet achiever of the star-studded Easts side that has gone eight rounds of the premiership without a loss and coach Pauli Taumoepeau says he has found his groove.

“Jack has been great down the stretch leading into the finals,” Taumoepeau said.

“He’s developing as a leader and as our captain. I’ve seen him grown from strength to strength as he navigates his way through the season with the added leadership role.