Around the Grounds: Which local stars are headed to a Super Rugby squad?

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

Several Super Rugby stars turned out for their respective clubs at the weekend, as the club competitions around the country warm into regularity.

Here's what caught our eye at RUGBY.com.au.

SHUTE SHIELD

Former Aussie Sevens star Con Foley continued to press for a Super Rugby contract as he starred in Norths' massive win over West Harbour at Concord Oval but it's two of his teammates that might get their crack at the professional level for the Melbourne Rebels.

 

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RUGBY.com.au understands Foley's teammates at Norths, Will Miller and Hugh Sinclair, have flown south to Melbourne to join the Rebels squad as injury cover.

Miller, who won last year's Ken Catchpole Medal as the Shute Shield's Player of the Year, was also awarded man of the match in the Australian Club Championship win over Brothers.

Simon Cron has labelled the tireless flanker drives the best player in the Shute Shield and he will no doubt make the most of any opportunity that arises.Mack Mason was back in action at Shute Shield level on Saturday. Photo: Getty ImagesElsewhere in Sydney, Harry Jones and Maclean Jones turned out for Rats in their big win over Gordon, the former among the scorers in the 54-29 win.

Mack Mason was back in the number 10 jersey for Eastern Suburbs as they beat Parramatta 34-20.

Tom Carter and Sydney University were smashed by the Marlins at Manly Oval, while Eastwood put Penrith to the sword in a 76-5 win out west.

A massive second half for Souths was too much for former Aussie Sevens player Sam Figg and Randwick, who fell 39-14.

Result

Gordon 29 Warringah 54

West Harbour 7 Northern Suburbs 50

Manly 36 Sydney University 10

Parramatta 20 Eastern Suburbs 34

Penrith 5 Eastwood 76

Southern Districts 39 Randwick 14

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QUEENSLAND PREMIER RUGBY

Andrew Ready and Nick Frisby made their returns to club rugby for Easts and GPS but neither were able to drag their teams over the line.

Ready's Easts were felled by a hat trick to former Red and Sunnybank star Junior Laloifi, current Queensland squad member Henry Taefu also dotting down in the big win.Michael Gunn also started at openside flanker for Easts.

Caleb Timu was impressive for Souths in their win over Cadeyrn Neville's Bond University, scoring for the Magpies in their 32-12 win.

Frisby started at halfback for GPS but his side were no match for University, lead by Brisbane City and Reds Heavies flyhalf, James Dalgleish.

RESULTS

Brothers 22 Norths 21

Sunnybank 41 Easts 14

Souths 32 Bond University 12

University of Queensland 28 GPS 15

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PINDAN PREMIER GRADE

James Verity-Amm was good again at fullback in Nedlands' 14-all draw with Associates, while Onehunga Havilli was one of the few players not to trouble the scorers in Palmyra's enormous win over Wanneroo.

Results

Perth Bayswater 14 Kalamunda 36

Joondalup 30 UWA 12

Nedlands 14 Associates 14

Palmyra 74 Wanneroo 7

Wests Scarborough 53 Cottesloe 14

JOHN I DENT CUP

Ben Hyne, Jordan Jackson-Hope and Nigel Ah Wong all started for the Vikings in their win over the lowly Uni-Norths, while Royals were too good for Gungahlin.

 

First game this year with the @vikingsrugby red men, good to get the hard fought win.

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Results

Uni-Norths 12 Tuggeranong 28

Royals 44 Gungahlin 3

DEWAR SHIELD

Jonah Placid couldn't get Melbourne Uni over the line against Melbourne.

Results

Endeavour Hills 43 Southern Districts 15

Harlequin 10
Power House 0

Melbourne Uni 13 Melbourne 20

Moorabbin 10 Footscray 27

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