The Wash-Up: Round 8 – Randwick v Manly

by Paul Cook - ********************** THE WARM-UP: ********************** A five match winning run came to an end in the wet the previous weekend for Randwick at Uni Oval No.1, so the visit of the high flying Marlins was an opportunity to get back on the horse at the first attempt as well as another chance to test themselves against one of the Shute Shield title favourites. However, the loss of seven players to the Australia U20’s squad for the Oceania Junior Rugby Championships left them somewhat vulnerable. Given their unbeaten start to the season, it wasn’t as though Manly needed much of a helping hand and the visitors arrived at Coogee Oval with the weight of recent history firmly in their favour, the sides having met three times last season with the Marlins racking up a total of 150pts. ********************** THE BREAKDOWN: ********************** To exhaust an age old cliché once more, this was very much a game of two halves. Manly came out of the sheds with all guns blazing
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