The Wash-Up: Round 5 – Eastern Suburbs v Northern Suburbs

by Paul Cook - Having gone into the Woollahra Oval sheds at half-time on Saturday trailing Eastern Suburbs 10-3, but a man to the good after an early red card for the Beasties, Northern Suburbs returned to produce exactly what was required to get the job done in the second forty. Kick to the corners, use their dominant lineout, milk the points and take the opportunities when they arose. As a result, they notched up three tries while keeping their hosts scoreless to run out convincing 31-10 winners. Given their relative youth and inexperience, it was an impressive statement from a side made up of newcomers and the remnants of last year’s outfit, which limped home in 11th place on the Shute Shield ladder and with only four wins to its name. They’ve matched that figure already after only five rounds this season and with performances as polished as that second forty against the Beasties, it’s no great surprise. An uninspiring opening stanza had been noteworthy only for the red c
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