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9/06/2017

Shute Shield Round 11 Preview: Beasties to host bolstered Southern Districts at McKay


Televised Game: Eastern Suburbs (8) v Southern Districts (6)

McKay Oval, Centennial Park – 3:10pm

Round 11’s televised game will see the men from the Eastern Suburbs host a bolstered Southern Districts side on Saturday afternoon at Centennial Parkland’s McKay Oval.

The Rebels will welcome back halfback DeWet Roos from Brumbies duties as Super Rugby heads into their June Test window break. After mincing Parramatta last weekend at Forshaw Rugby Park, Southern Districts will be eager to cement their place in the top 6 with an away win.

Only one competition point separates 7th-placed Sydney University and a loss to Easts would tie them both up on 28 points apiece.

Eastern Suburbs will go without star pivot and NSW Waratah Mack Mason after an invitation to Wallaby camp in Melbourne leading up to their match against Fiji on Saturday afternoon.

Easts have proven their strength in the Pincus Brothers throughout the 2017 season, but will only be down to one Pincus in Joe on the wing.

You can catch all the action live on 7TWO from 3pm, with kick-off scheduled for 3:10pm.

Team lists:

Eastern Suburbs

#

Southern Districts

Tom Sheminant

1

Conor Young

Cameron Fenton

2

Brandon Paenga-Amosa

Steven Longwell

3

Willie Maumalanga

Tim Buchanan

4

Angus Ryan

Fergus Lee-Warner

5

Jake Douglas

Clarrie Moore

6

Alex Perez

Rowan Perry

7

Conor Mitchell

Sam Stitcher

8

Albert Hemopo

Jack Grant

9

DeWet Roos

Archie King

10

Rohan Saifoloi

Tom Merrit

11

Luke Smart

James Field

12

Apolosi Latunipulu

Ned Yeomans

13

Paul Asquith

Joe Pincus

14

Ben Connolly

Will Maddocks

15

Jamie Verran

 

WET WEATHER CHANGES FOR EASTS v SOUTHERN DISTRICTS:

Woollahra 3

4th Grade – 10:05am

3rd Grade – 11:20am

Woollahra 2

2nd Grade – 12:45pm

 


REST OF THE ROUND

Eastwood (2) v Gordon (9)

T. G. Milner Field – 3:00pm

The Woodies have now won three matches on the trot, and now seek to close the gap on competition leaders Manly. By toppling 2016 Premiers Norths and a formidable Sydney University side, Eastwood will have plenty of gusto come Saturday afternoon.

Ninth-placed Gordon have been hit and miss this season, and have proven to us that they are capable of match winning performances particularly in last week’s fixture against Norths which they won in a ty-fest. The Stags are certainly capable of an upset.

WET WEATHER UPDATE GORDON v EASTWOOD:

Colts TONIGHT has been CANCELLED

Penrith (12) v Northern Suburbs (5)

Nepean Rugby Park – 3:00pm

The Shoremen will be eager to make their mark on the competition after losing the last four games on the trot in the wake of their longest winning streak in some time. With Penrith yet to put up their first win of the season under Head Coach Julian Huxley, the Emus look to be a target for the wounded Norths side.

Norths return to an almost full-strength forward pack with both Will Miller and Hugh Sinclair back together again in the backrow. The physicality of Willie Tooala and Sione Hifo certainly make them a force to be reckoned with.

 

Manly (1) v West Harbour (10)

Manly Oval – 3:00pm

The Marlins lost their first match of the year to a valiant Warringah team last weekend at Manly Oval in the much anticipated Battle of the Beaches, and will want to do right by their home crowd come Saturday afternoon when they host the Pirates.

Losing star halfback Matt Lucas to NSW Waratahs duties to a Japanese Development Tour, Manly have Tim Donlan to step in for duties as on-field general.

West Harbour will again be looking to their pivot in Tayler Adams to sniff out any weaknesses in the Marlins defensive line, and his ability to link up with winger Tito Mua and fullback Kodie Drury-Hawkins can have deadly repercussions.

 

WET WEATHER CHANGES TO MANLY v WEST HARBOUR:

Colts: Concord Oval has been closed, all games moved to St Lukes North

Opens:

- 4s 10:45 @ Keirle Park

- 3s 12 pm @ Keirle Park

- 2s 1:35 pm @ Manly Oval

- 1s 3:10 pm @ Manly Oval

 

 

Sydney University (7) v Parramatta (11)

Sydney University Football Ground – 3:00pm

Sitting just outside the realm of the top 6, Sydney Uni are faced with a great opportunity to hop, skip and jump their way into finals contention when they host 11th seeded Parramatta.

The Students will welcome back Tom Kingston from Australian 7s commitments, and have been well lead by Jock Merriman in the fly-half position. Also armed with backline talent starting with Gen Blue U20 Theo Strang, goal kicking and try finishing machine Christian Kagiassis, Tom Carter and Gen Blue Tim Clements, Sydney Uni have every capacity to do damage in this latter part of the season.

Parramatta will look to their big man in Tyrone Viiga, who is best known for his barn storming runs and rock hard defence.

 

WET WEATHER CHANGES TO SYDNEY UNI v PARRAMATTA:

 

St John’s College Oval

4th Grade

10:45

3rd Grade

12:00

 

SUFG

2nd Grade

13:25

1st Grade

15:00

 

St Paul’s College Oval

3rd Colts

10:45

2nd Colts

12:00

1st Colts

13:25

 

 

Warringah (4) v Randwick (3)

Pittwater Rugby Park – 7:00pm

In a second instalment of night time footy, we will see once and for all: who is the better green in the Shute Shield competition?

On 36 compeition points apiece with only a for and against difference between them, Randwick have had to shuffle their backline to accommodate for the loss of their NSW Waratahs to the Japanese Development Tour as well as Wallabies duties this weekend.

Fullback by trade, Lachlan Anderson will shift into flyhalf and will be fed ball from returned Western Force debutant, Mitch Short. Hanging out on the flanks is Latu Latunipulu, who we know can score a point or two through is unpredictable, hard running game – not to mention his defence.

For the Rats, Rory O’Connor will provide the stability in the engine room after losing teammates Sam Needs and Maclean Jones to provincial commitments.

Sailosi Tagicakibau, Tyson Davis and Dave Feltscheer have all proven their worth and are sure to be a handful for the Galloping Greens side.

WET WEATHER CHANGES FOR WARRINGAH v RANDWICK

 

GRADE: Pittwater Rugby Park

4th Grade @ 2.45pm.

3rd Grade @ 4pm.

2nd Grade @ 5.25pm.

1st Grade @ 7pm.

 

COLTS: Latham Park

3rd Colts @ 12.20pm.

2nd Colts @ 1.35pm.

1st Colts @ 3pm.