Southern Districts devastated after Norths loss ends promising season prematurely

Southern Districts captain Marcus Carbone says his side is devastated after yesterday’s shock 47-18 loss to Northern Suburbs. The Rebels won nine straight matches and finished second at the end of the regular season, but were eliminated from the competition after yesterday’s loss and Eastwood’s shock victory over minor premiers Manly. Under the current Shute Shield finals system, the two lowest ranked losers are eliminated in the opening week of the playoffs and only the minor premiers are safe in week one. “I don’t think it was complacency. I think we trained well all week and we were ready for a tough encounter. In the first half, I felt we were in it even though a couple of things didn't go our way but going into the second half I thought we had a good chance of getting back on top,” Carbone said. “In the second half, a couple of 50/50 calls didn't go our way, the bounce of the ball didn't go our way and Norths were just really hungry and they defended bril
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