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By NSWRU Media Unit
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The opening round of the Shute Shield season has seen some heavy losses and hard, ground out victories as was witnessed in the opening match between Eastwood and Southern Districts the ABC TV match.
West Harbour stole the game from Randwick at Concord Oval, whilst Manly out muscled Gordon at Chatswood Oval. Sydney University continued on with last year’s success beating Parramatta at Merrylands RSL Club Rugby Park.
Northern Suburbs were just too good for Eastern Suburbs at Woollahra Oval, whilst Warringah simply outclassed Penrith, running in several unanswered tries at Pittwater Rugby Park.
Eastwood v Southern Districts
Southern Districts have started the season the way they were hoping to end it last year, holding on in a tough match defeating Eastwood 18-16, after Lachie Turner missed a last second penalty goal from 55 metres out.
Rebels captain Jono Hayes was proud of the effort the boys put in to defeat Eastwood at home. “I’m real proud of the boys for their effort, we defended for 30minutes on our line, and we kept them out which is good.
“It’s always really tough coming out against the Woods.”
For the Woodies, the lack of a driving attack let them down and left their movements to the tryline stilted.
Said Lachie Turner at the end of the match, “As a team and individually I thought we were off, I was off and we gave away a game we should have never given away.”
Eastwood struggled to breach the Rebels defence, relying on penalties throughout the first half to earn points. The Rebels however, crossed the try line within the first five minutes.
Penalties for offside hurt the Rebels though, awarding the Woodies nine points and resulting in Rebels flanker, Mick Kauter, receiving a yellow card.
The Woodies were unable to convert the advantage into points and it was the 14-man Rebels side who managed to find gaps, with Oleni Ngungutau crossing the line for the team’s second try.
Eastwood finally managed to find the try line late within the second half, and received a penalty 55 metres from the try line on the bell, but were unable to convert it to steal the win.
Southern Districts 18 (K Tirani, Oleni Ngungutau tries; Rohan Saifola con, 2 pens; Yellow card Mick Kauter) d Eastwood 16 (Mitch Lees try; Jimmy Hilgendorf con, 3 pens) at T. G. Milner Oval. Referee Ian Smith
In a close match, West Harbour was able to steal the win from Randwick, scoring two last minute tries. Alofa Alofa stole the match on the buzzer to bring the teams to a draw, while Winston Wilson added the winning points with a near-sideline conversion. It was a disappointing end for the Wicks, after they held the lead throughout the match.
West Harbour 28 (Dylan Taikato-Simpson, Alofa Alofa, Tom Games, Macquarie Tatola tries; Winston Wilson con, 2 pens) d Randwick 26 (Ethan Ford, Terrance Hopetema tries; Toby Browne 2 cons, 4 pens) at Concord Oval. Referee Michael Hogan
Sydney Uni opened the season with a strong win over Parramatta, securing themselves a bonus point with the team crossing the line seven times. However, Parramatta were still in the mix holding their own against a team that was very well set up with great execution.
Sydney Uni 44 (Fetuli Talonoa 2, Michael Hodge, Tom Carter, Jock Merriman, Tim Davidson, Will Skelton tries; Jock Merriman 3 cons, pen) d Parramatta 21 (Andrew Cox 2, Myles Huncan tries; Tom Woods 3 cons) at Merrylands RSL Club Rugby Park. Referee William Houston
In a strong, physical tussle, both Manly and Gordon struggled to find their rhythm with several unforced errors interrupting the match. However, the Marlins were able to capitalise on the Highlander errors, scoring four tries.
Manly 28 (Kotoni Ale, Will Helu, Brian Sefanaia, Dave Porecki tries; Brendan Hartman 4 cons) d Gordon 11 (Terry Preston try, 2 pens) at Chatswood Oval. Referee Andrew Lees
Northern Suburbs were able to upset Eastern Suburbs at home, earning themselves a bonus point win. Norths held strong throughout the match, keeping the Beasties to just one try and scoring four of their own.
Northern Suburbs 27 (Pat Sio, Corey Brown 2, Pete Schuster tries; Scott Daruda 1 pen, Corey Brown 2 cons) d Eastern Suburbs 14 (Ryan Hodgson try; Angus Sinclair 3 pens) at Woolahra Oval. Referee Damien Mitchelmore
Warringah was just too good for Penrith, crossing the try line 12 times in a match that saw Penrith player Keori Okati receive two yellow cards resulting in a red card, suspending him from the game. The Rats were just too good with the added man, outplaying the Penrith defence.
Warringah 74 (D Seeer 3, Josh Holmes 2, S Bradley, C Gilingham, D Smouha, N Daley, M Dolton, Hamish Angus, B Killingworth tries; Hamish Angus 2 cons, S Bradley 5 cons) d Penrith 10 (P Katoa try; F Taumalolo pen, con; Red Card Keori Okati) at Pittwater Rugby Park. Referee Richard Goswell
The 2013 competition will be broadcast live on ABC1 throughout NSW and the ACT on Saturdays from 3pm. Interstate viewers can watch a full replay of each week’s Shute Shield game at 3.30am on Tuesday mornings on ABC1 nationally and rugby fans everywhere can catch all the action online at anytime on ABC iView.
Alternatively, rugby fans across NSW can tune in to ABC Local Radio’s new rugby show, Settling the Score with Niav Owens between 2pm and 5pm every Saturday, for all of your country rugby and Shute Shield news. You can TEXT the program with score updates from whichever game you're at on 0467 920 222 every Saturday afternoon. Make sure your team gets a mention each week and keep Niav up to date with the latest scores from your competition.
A full fixtures list, together with weekly previews and all the results can be found at www.nswrugby.com.au. Rugby fans can also follow the Shute Shield on Facebook via www.facebook.com/shuteshield or www.facebook.com/abcshuteshield where you can catch game highlights and a preview of the upcoming ABC TV match, and on Twitter via @shuteshield or @abcshuteshield where you can send your thoughts through the week and receive live updates during selected games. You can also catch highlights of every round on the ShuteShieldTV channel on YouTube.
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The Queensland Reds are struggling with injury and form at present, and they’ve been handed another massive blow this weekend with James O’Connor (leg) & Lachie Turner (concussion) being ruled out. Suffering a 23-5 loss to the NSW Waratahs on the weekend, the Reds will run onto Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night looking to turn their season around after just one win to their name in the opening four rounds coming against the Western Force two weeks ago!