The Wash-Up: Round 9 – Manly v Eastwood

by Paul Cook - ********************** THE WARM-UP: ********************** The clash that all neutral - and some parochial - club rugby fans had been waiting for. The two remaining unbeaten sides in the Shute Shield facing off in what many predict as a Grand Final rehearsal. The best attacking side in the competition versus the best defence and match-ups to savour all across the park, including two captains, one old and one new, ready to do battle at openside. The Marlins came in off the back of a demolition job on Randwick, while the Woodies had seen off a gallant Sydney University in the match of the season. Something had to give. ********************** THE BREAKDOWN: ********************** It was the reigning Premiers that held sway for the opening quarter, camped out in the Manly 22 but unable to break their stout rearguard. With only a couple of Ben Batger penalties to show for their efforts, they went in search of a decisive 7pt blow but just as they looked set to finally prise op
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