Sydney Uni take a plunge ahead of Shute Shield grand final

By Jon Geddes TRADITIONALLY rugby players would celebrate qualifying for a Shute Shield grand final by enjoying a cool beer with teammates in the winners’ dressing room. But the Sydney University team felt a different kind of cold on their lips following a nail-biting 10-9 preliminary final win over Eastwood at Rat Park on Sunday that set up a premiership decider against Gordon this Saturday at Leichhardt Oval. The University players had little time to bask in the glory of reaching the big dance as they headed straight to nearby Narrabeen Beach and dived into the surf where the water was nudging a brisk 17 degrees. “Because we have a six-day turnaround, the only six-day turnaround we’ve had all year, we have to start preparing for the grand final now,” Uni coach Sean Hedger said after the game. “We are going down to the beach now to have some recovery.” And when the Uni players formed a circle on the field following the victory, they emphasised they still hav
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