Shute Shield: Wildfires push Eastwood all the way at home but fall away late

By MARK CASHMAN

Eastwood grabbed their first victory of the 2020 Shute Shield season when they skipped away from the Hunter Wildfires in the final 20 minutes of the 46-11 win on Saturday.

It was the Wildfires first home game of the season and they well and truly turned up to play with only match fitness and some set piece foibles coming against late in what was a high standard game of rugby.

The Hunter boys did it well in the first half getting first points on the board through Brendan Holliday with a penalty goal and then being well in the match when Shawn Ingle scored a try.

Halftime came at a good time for Eastwood (they were up 13-6) and they were able to refocus and get their heads around the fact that this game was being played in the rain and they would have to adjust their behaviours.

That little chat resulted in 33 unanswered points in the final 32 minutes - good return for their efforts.