Shute Shield: Students catapulted to minor premiership in stunning final-round reshuffle

Photo: AJF Photography Continuing their last-ditch surge, the in-form Eastern Suburbs cemented their spot in the 2019 Shute Shield finals at Woollahra Oval on Saturday afternoon, stunning minor premiership hopefuls Eastwood in a second-half romp. They did so in style, flipping a 19-17 half-time deficit and running in 29 unanswered points in the second half to eventually claim a season-saving, 48-26 victory, their third win in a row. Three of the Beasties’ seven tries came through barnstorming centre Lalakai Foketi and Henry Paterson grabbed a brace as well, the pair combining to define Eastwood prop Jed Gillespie’s three-try effort. The win didn’t just keep Easts’ title hope alive either, it helped contribute to a stunning, final-round ladder reshuffle that ended with Sydney University celebrating a minor premiership win. With Declan Moore scoring a hat-trick and Nick Phipps and Thomas Horton grabbing doubles Uni dispatched West Harbour with ease, winning 53-6 in