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Eastwood have shocked Minor Premiers Manly with a 40-34 win at Manly Oval. Eastwood got off to a great start leading the Marlins 20-0 early in the game. Manly managed to fight back with two converted tries of their own to close the margin prior before half-time.
Manly fired back straight after halftime to close the gap to 1 point. Eastwood responded with a few tries in succession, blowing their lead out to 18 points.
Marlins started to claw their way back into the game and started to put the Woodies under pressure. A yellow card to Eastwood helped the chances of a late fight back by Manly, with the margin closing to 6 points in the final stages of the game.
Eastwood in the end prevailed holding out a fast-finishing Manly side. Eastwood have kept their season alive and have sent a message to rest of the competition after a great win over this year’s Minor Premiers.
The win for the Woodies means they will play against Northern Suburbs next weekend in the semi-final one win away from the Grand Final.
Eastwood 40 (Tries: Penalty Try, T.Hill, R.Lagudi, F.Goodall 2, Cons: T.Hill 2, Pen: T.Hill 3) dft Manly 34 (Tries: J.Hilterbrand, T.Chesters 2, J.Turner 2, Cons: S.Lane 3, Pen: S.Lane 1)
Warringah have made a huge statement in the Shute Shield Finals series with a dominant 49-13 thrashing of Randwick. A passionate and vocal Warringah crowd were treated to an outstanding display of Rugby.
The first half saw Warringah fly out of the blocks with outstanding tries to Harry Jones and Seb Wileman. Warringah led 27-6 at the break putting an enormous amount of pressure on the Galloping Greens.
A dominant Warringah scrum put Randwick on the back foot the whole game and proved to be a major difference between the two sides. Three yellow cards in the second half to Randwick halted any chance of a comeback.
The loss to Randwick causes an abrupt end to their season and sets up a titanic battle for Warringah against cross-town rivals Manly.
Warringah 49 (Tries: H.Jones, S.Wileman, J.Gillard, J Holmes, S.Needs, Cons: M. Dorrian 5, Pens: M. Dorrian 3) dft. Randwick 13 (Tries: B.Starkey, Cons: A. Kellaway Pens: A.Deegan 2)
Another upset in the Shute Shield Finals has seen 5th placed Northern Suburbs shock 2nd placed Southern Districts 47-18 at Forshaw Rugby Park.
Southern Districts opened the scoring with a penalty goal but Norths quickly responded with a charge down leading to the first try. Norths stayed in front heading into half-time with a 14-6 lead over the Rebels.
The reigning premiers showed their class continuing to heap the pressure onto Souths and were rewarded with successive tries after the break. Souths responded with a try of their own closing the score to 26-13.
This was as close as the Rebels got to the flying Shoremen who heaped on the points late in the game keeping their back-to-back premiership hopes alive. The loss sees the surprising end to Southern Districts’ season.
Norths will face Eastwood setting up a great match between two teams who have shocked the top two ranked teams in the competition, confirming the strength and competitiveness of the Shute Shield in the 2017 season.
Northern Suburbs 47 (Tries: S. Kitchen, G. Bautz, L. Creagh, H. Burey, C. Clark, R. Woolf 2, Cons: A. Sinclair 6) dft. Southern Districts 18 (Tries: A. Gibbon, L. Smart, Cons: R.Saifoloi, Pens: R. Saifoloi 2)
2017 Shute Shield Semi Final Fixtures (venues TBC):
Warringah vs Manly
Northern Suburbs vs Eastwood