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Shute Shield Round Nine review

Saturday May 16, 2015 by  

West Harbour has earned their fourth consecutive win for the season, with a grinding six-point win over Sydney University at Concord Oval in the ninth round of the Intrust Super Shute Shield.

An early try for the home side scored from a well-executed rolling maul in the fourth minute set the tone for the encounter, and the successful conversion took West Harbour to an early lead in perfect conditions at Concord Oval.

Sydney Uni responded instantly, with an extended period of possession in West Harbour territory, but the home side’s defence prevented them from troubling the scoreboard. Read more

Shute Shield Round Eight review

Saturday May 9, 2015 by  

Competition leaders Eastwood faced off against Sydney University in a star studded affair at T.G Millner, which finished with Eastwood getting a five-point victory over the Students winning 34-29.

The play on the field was sensational, with stand out performances from University captain David Hickey and inside centre Tom Carter and Eastwood winger John Grant was involved in everything while fullback Ben Batger was at his consistent best.

A tight but scoreless final nine minutes was highlighted by Eastwood’s unbreakable defence that held off the Students last-ditch effort. Read more

Shute Shield Round Four review

Saturday April 11, 2015 by  

The Manly Marlins remain unbeaten after four rounds in the Intrust Super Shute Shield, after an uncharacteristic showing from Sydney University at home this afternoon in the Match of the Round.

Determined defence from Manly ensured that Sydney University couldn’t enjoy the home ground advantage, despite positive attacking attempts from the Students in the frenetic opening stages of the game.

Manly broke through in the 14th minute with a masterful break from Sam Lane, bamboozling Sydney University with outstanding footwork and skill. He couldn’t convert the try, and Manly took the lead by five points to nil. Read more

Shute Shield Round Three review

Saturday April 4, 2015 by  

The ladder-leading Manly side started the match off with a dominant display in Easts’ half, ending with an unconverted try to Number 8 Dan Alley in the fifth minute. Extremely wet conditions at Woollahra Oval had most anticipating a match that would suit the forwards, and Manly’s front row did not disappoint in the opening stages of the match.

Manly hooker David Porecki snatched up a loose ball to add the second try to the scoreboard in the thirteenth minute, in a mobile display capitalising on a mistake from Easts halfback Angus Pulver. An accurate kick from Sam Lane saw their lead extend to 12 points.

Easts came into the match on a high, after a hard fought win over Sydney University in Round 2, but their confidence would have been dented after a drought of possession in the first quarter of the match. Read more

Shute Shield Round Two review

Saturday March 28, 2015 by  

Brilliant sunshine and a stiff breeze at Coogee Oval were perfect conditions for the high intensity clash between Randwick and West Harbour, played in front of an appreciative home crowd.

First penalty of the game went against Randwick, in the first minute of the match but did little to halt their fervent attack, and for the first few minutes it looked to be a very one-sided affair.

Waratah David Horwitz was in control of the Wicks, moving into the fly-half position after a number of injuries to the home side in Round 1. He was quick to show his skill, picking off a loose ball from the scrum and scoring under the post to register the first points of the match in the seventh minute but was unable to convert his own try. Read more

Shute Shield Round One review

Saturday March 21, 2015 by  

A first half marred by sloppy ball handling, inaccurate kicking, and the unforced errors typical of the first match of the season wasn’t enough to prevent Gordon from registering their first points for the 2015 Intrust Super Shute Shield.

In front of a vocal crowd at Woollahra Oval, Gordon overcame Easts by nine points in an evenly matched clash that showed a lot of early promise from both teams.

Easts attacked strongly from the kick-off, but were rebuffed by a resistant Gordon defence. Sloppy handling turned the ball over to Gordon, and patient drives forward saw the Highlanders gain valuable possession but were unable to capitalise. Read more

Brisbane City claim inaugural NRC title

Saturday November 1, 2014 by  

Brisbane City have claimed a historic 37-26 win over the Perth Spirit in the Grand Final at Ballymore Stadium to claim the inaugural title of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship.

Brisbane City notched five tries to four to seal the win in front of a 7,889-strong crowd on Saturday night.

The home side notched tries through Liam Gill, Pettowa Paraka (2) and Junior Laloifi, along with a penalty try for a collapsed scrum. Flyhalf Jake McIntyre kicked four conversions. Liam Gill was named man of the match. Read more

Defensive Spirit sees Perth into Grand Final

Saturday October 25, 2014 by  

The Perth Spirit has ended the Melbourne Rising’s undefeated run today with a 45-29 victory at AAMI Park and will now contest the inaugural Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) next Saturday against Brisbane City in Brisbane.

The Spirit led the scoreboard throughout the match but it was an extremely physical tussle between the two sides with the Rising testing the Perth defence on many occasions.

Scores remained nil-all for the opening twenty minutes of the match before Spirit winger Marcel Brache broke the drought with back-to-back tries. The two sides traded tries in the second half but a final try for Ammon Matuauto, his second for the match, inside the last minute of the game sealed it for the Spirit. Read more

Brisbane City book NRC Grand Final spot

Friday October 24, 2014 by  

Brisbane City have booked a spot in the inaugural Buildcorp National Rugby Championship grand final, following a 32-26 win over the NSW Country Eagles at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford.

Brisbane City overcame a 26-16 half time deficit with two second half tries to steal the win from the home side.

City tallied tries through Sunnybank’s Brando Va’aulu (2), Easts’ Toby White and a penalty try. Flyhalf Jake McIntyre kicked all four conversions. Read more

Folau named 2014 John Eales medallist

Thursday October 23, 2014 by  

Wallabies and New South Wales Waratahs fullback Israel Folau has been handed the ultimate honour in Australian Rugby after tonight being named the John Eales Medallist for 2014.

At Rugby’s night of nights, the ARU celebrated and acknowledged the men and women in the Australian Rugby community – fans, players, coaches, match officials and administrators – for their dedication, commitment and outstanding performance.

The 2014 ceremony was the first time performances in Asteron Life Super Rugby competition were incorporated into the event, while it was the first opportunity to recognise the best performers from the inaugural Buildcorp National Rugby Championship season. Read more