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Experienced Woods see off Rats challenge

Saturday August 1, 2015 by  

Shute Shield – Week One Finals

Eastwood will host a home Intrust Super Shute Shield Semi-Final next weekend after seeing off a gallant Warringah, 23-10, at TG Millner Field this afternoon.

Buoyed by a vocal home crowd, the reigning Premiers were made to work hard for their victory by a Rats side that had pushed them to the wire seven days ago in the final round of the regular season.

Behind 10-3 at the break, the visitors rallied with the sort of breakaway try for Josh Holmes for which they have become noted in recent seasons. But a determined Ben Batger restored Eastwood’s lead four minutes later before knocking over a penalty on the hour that seemed to break the Rats’ resistance. Read more

Shute Shield Round 18 review

Saturday July 25, 2015 by  

It was a celebratory atmosphere at University Oval Number 1, with Sydney University stalwart Tom Carter running on for his 200th match for the club, a record made even more extraordinary given that 175 of those matches were played in the first grade side.

The final match of the regular season was also a farewell to the home ground of the Students, with the birthplace of rugby set for redevelopment. The Students didn’t disappoint the strong home crowd, with a dominant 52-12 win over the Shoremen.

An intercept try to Northern Suburbs’ winger Lochie Creagh in the first five minutes of the match exhibited the danger that the home side would face against a Norths side intent on spoiling the party in their final match of the regular season, with an easy conversion from Mitch Walton to give the Shoremen an early seven point lead. Read more

Shute Shield Round 17 review

Sunday July 19, 2015 by  

It wasn’t pretty at times but Randwick will certainly take their hard-earned 20-13 victory over Eastwood with open arms.

A match played under testing conditions with driving rain and a stiff sea breeze was always likely to be an arm-wrestle but it was the young Wicks side that rose to the challenge, upsetting the reigning Premiers with a display chock-full of desire and application to forge a 17-3 lead at the break, before holding firm under a Woodies’ onslaught in the second half to record a significant win as they prepare for finals footy.

A deluge of rain during the week and just before kick-off left a slippery deck for both sides to contend with but it was the home side that visibly settled earlier, an Andrew Deegan penalty sailing past the uprights in only the 3rd minute but signalling their intent. Read more

Shute Shield Round 16 review

Saturday July 11, 2015 by  

A barnstorming four-try effort from the visiting Marlins in the first half silenced the thronging home crowd at Pittwater Rugby Park, but a second half resurgence ensured the Bayfield Cup was a competitive affair with Warringah coming away with a hard-fought five point win over Manly, 29-24.


Manly were first to draw blood in the much anticipated ‘Battle of the Beaches’, when Alex Northam crossed the line in just the fourth minute of the match. Well supported by the reliable Reece Hodge, the visitors were ahead 7-0 at Pittwater Park in the opening stages of the match.

Warringah looked determined to repent for their earlier mistake, but a dominant defensive display from Manly saw their try-scoring efforts thwarted. A penalty goal to Warringah in the thirteenth minute narrowed the gap to four points. Read more

Shute Shield Round 15 review

Saturday July 4, 2015 by  

The match dubbed ‘Battle for the East’ between Randwick and Eastern Suburbs for the Greg Smith Cup was played in perfect conditions at Woollahra Oval, and was a tightly fought contest with Randwick showing superiority from the outset.

A resurgent Easts side fought back in the latter stages of the match, but were unable to catch their local rivals and Randwick won the local derby 32-24.

A star studded Randwick side, including a cameo from former Waratah and Wallaby Adam Freier on the bench, were looking to score points from a penalty kick in the third minute of the match, but it wasn’t to be after an uncharacteristic miss from David Horwitz. Read more

Shute Shield Round 14 review

Saturday June 27, 2015 by  

Frenetic pace and missed opportunities were the order of the day at Forshaw Rugby Park, when the third placed Warringah took on fourth placed Southern Districts in a highly charged encounter. Warringah overwhelmed Southern Districts in the second half, and took the win 26-12.

A fast paced game from the outset, Ben Volavola was the first to register a try just five minutes in to give Southern Districts an early lead.

A game-ending injury to Josh Gillard saw Tyson Davies enter the game to replace him in the seventh minute, and after a short delay the teams resumed the up-tempo end to end style match. Read more

Shute Shield Round 13 review

Saturday June 20, 2015 by  

Waratahs hooker Hugh Roach has helped Eastwood hand Manly their first loss of the 2015 season in a 43-16 blowout between the two top of the table teams.

This huge win gives Eastwood huge momentum heading into the final rounds of the Intrust Super Shute Shield competition and helps them recover from their previous 41-18 loss to Manly back in Round 9.

Eastwood started the game strong with flyhalf Jai Ayoub putting in a number of great kicks early, and was unlucky to not score a try in the fourth minute of the game. Read more

Grand Final re-match to kick off 2015 NRC

Thursday June 18, 2015 by  

To celebrate the two-month countdown before the second Buildcorp National Rugby Championship kicks off, the Australian Rugby Union has announced the fixture schedule for the 2015 season.

The 2015 National Rugby Championship will once again visit regional areas across the Eastern seaboard in New South Wales (Tamworth, Newcastle and Bathurst), Queensland (Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast) and Victoria (Frankston, Morwell and Geelong), giving Rugby fans across Australia the opportunity to engage with an elite Rugby competition.

In a mouthwatering re-match of the 2014 NRC Grand Final, champions Brisbane City will host Perth Spirit at Ballymore Stadium on Thursday, 20 August in this season’s curtain-raiser broadcast live on Fox Sports. Read more

Shute Shield Round 12 review

Saturday June 13, 2015 by  

The rematch of a thrilling battle just weeks ago, when Eastwood stole the victory with just seconds left in the match, the return fixture at Forshaw Park was a similarly high scoring affair with a heartstopping finish. Southern Districts managed to square the ledger, scoring the winning try with just three minutes to play, and taking the victory 25-24.

Eastwood were unable to take advantage of an early opportunity for a penalty goal in the second minute of the match, but Captain Hugh Perrett lead by example just minutes later – scoring a runaway try in the sixth minute to put the first points on the board. Ben Batger added the extras, but the accuracy of Volavola for the Rebels shortly after saw Eastwood’s gap narrowed to four points, 7-3. Read more

Shute Shield Round 11 review

Saturday May 30, 2015 by  

In front of a packed out crowd at Manly Oval, including NSW Premier Mike Baird, the much-anticipated local derby between the Manly Marlins and the Warringah Rats was soured after a serious injury to Manly captain Kotoni Ale in the 27th minute of the match. A prolonged delay saw the match finish under lights, but Manly prevailed 37-21 despite a spirited fightback from the visiting side.

A try in the third minute of the match signalled Manly’s intentions, as the home side put points on the board courtesy of centre Dennis Pili-Gaitau, with the extras added by Reece Hodge.

Warringah took their opportunity to narrow the gap with a penalty from Hamish Angus in the 11th minute, and regained the momentum for a period after some strong defensive player. Read more