NSW Shute Shield Review: Round 7

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By NSW Rugby Union

Southern Districts have suffered a shock defeat going down to Sydney University in a repeat of last year’s Grand Final. As well as ending the Rebels’ winning streak, the loss has sent Eastwood, who outplayed Gordon, to the top of the Shute Shield table. 

In other Round 7 matches, Manly held strong against a fighting Penrith side, Randwick recorded a shocked win over Northern Suburbs, Eastern Suburbs kept their cool against Parramatta and West Harbour stole a win against Warringah.
Southern Districts v Sydney University
The Rebels have been knocked off the top of the Shute Shield ladder with a shock 18-13 defeat to the Students. Both sides fought hard but it was the Students who kept their cool under pressure and used the ball to make metres and earn points. The Rebels made several mistakes allowing the Students to run in two tries to add to their two penalties.
After a slow start from both sides, the Rebels earned their first points with a Bryce Hodge penalty after 19 minutes but the Students hit back with a three-pointer of their own, before crossing the line for a Sam Talaki try after 23 minutes of strong defence and fast pace rugby. Souths soon found the tryline themselves through winger Alex Gibbon after great hands throughout the backline, however a missed conversion left the Rebels trailing 8-10. With each side forcing the other into errors, neither was able to add to their tally before the break.
The Students kept the lead throughout the second half, holding off a strong Rebels’ attack that was constantly searching for gaps. However, the Students’ defence was just too strong and, turning over the ball, they mounted a great counter attack that resulted in their second try, scored by wing Greg Jeloudev. Added to a second penalty, Uni went out to an 18-8 lead before the Rebels hit back with Gibbon adding a second try with only 10 minutes remaining, after great phase work against a Students’ defence that was one man down, after their captain Tim Davidson was shown the yellow card for cynical play in the ruck. Despite the Rebels’ resurgence, their comeback came too late and the Students held on for the win.
Sydney University 18 (Greg Jeloudev, Sam Talakai tries, Bryson Hodge con, 2 pens) d Southern Districts 13 (Alex Gibbon 2 tries, Rohan Saifoloi pen)at Forshaw Park. Referee Angus Gardner.
Warringah v West Harbour
The Pirates led the match in the early stages but the Rats soon spoiled their lead, running in four tries in the first half to lead 26-17 at half-time. In a fast-paced game of running rugby, both sides struggled to keep the other from the try line. It was a game of tug-of-war with both sides running in several tries but the Pirates were just too strong and scored the winning try only minutes before the buzzer to win 46-40.
West Harbour 46 (David Lolohea, Vaughan Lomax, Vaka Manu, Tito Mua 2, Shane Treweek tries, Jack Debreczeni 5 cons, 2 pens)d Warringah 40 (Ben Adams, Brad Dixon 3, Josh Holmes, Conrad Gillingham tries, David Harvey 5 cons)Pittwater Rugby Park. Referee Nathan Pearce.
Penrith v Manly
The Manly Marlins have retained third spot on the ladder after defeating Penrith 44 to 29. After Manly took the lead early in the match, Penrith worked hard to stay in the game, scoring four tries to earn their first match point of the season. Although it is their seventh loss of the season, the Emus continue to fight hard in every match and will take heart from the double from wing Paula Katoa and tries from prop Peter Niumata and wing Keori Okati.
Manly 44 (Harry Bergelin 3, Joe Christie, Rhys Donkims, Marshall Milroy, Damien Reti 2, Jordy Vaele tries, Marshall Milroy 2 cons) d Penrith 29 (Paula Katoa 2, Peter Niumata, Keori Okati tries, Paula Katoa 2 cons, Fokolulu Taumalolo con, pen) at Nepean Rugby Park. Referee Anthony Moyes.
Northern Suburbs v Randwick
Northern Suburbs have suffered another shock defeat falling short against ninth-placed Randwick, losing 39-20. In a tough, hard-fought match, the Shoremen struggled to hold their tackles whereas the Galloping Greens used their pace to cross the line six times for another bonus point win that lifts them two places and leaves them just a point behind Norths, who fall to sixth.
Randwick 39 (Richard Aho, Faitotoa Asa, Rennie Lautolo 2, Peter Samu, Timothy Wright tries; Cayden Matehaere 3 con, pen) d Northern Suburbs 20 (Peter Shuester, Will Weeks, Liam Windon tries, Corey Brown con, pen) at North Sydney Oval. Referee Richard Goswell.
Eastern Suburbs v Parramatta
It was a tight game of running rugby at Woollahra Oval, with both sides fighting hard for a win. Easts remained strong throughout the match, using their strength up front as well as their pace out back to cross the line, whereas the strong Parramatta failed to convert several opportunities to fall short 40-31.
Eastern Suburbs 40 (Anton Lavin, Apakuki Ma’afu, Angus Sinclair, Alex Walker,Keliti Vaingalo tries, Henry Hudson 3 cons, 3 pens) d Parramatta 31 (Sosene Anesi, Josh Kaifa, Rodney Ma’a, William Tuitupou, Dan Yakopo tries, Sam Yakopo 3 cons) at Woollahra Oval. Referee Timothy Wills.
Eastwood v Gordon
Eastwood have taken the top spot on the Shute Shield ladder with a bonus point 49-22 win over Gordon. It was a classic game of running rugby with both sides moving the ball down the line but Eastwood was just too good for the Gordon defence, crossing the line six times for another bonus point win that sees them overtake Souths and take top spot. 
Eastwood 49 (Nick Batger, Jimmy Hilgendorf, Mitch Lees, James Neale, Hugh Perrett, Hugh Roach tries, Ben Batger 5 cons, 3 pens) d Gordon 22 (Tobias Gukibau, Mark Preston tries, Terry Preston 4 pens) at T.G. Milner Field. Referee Jamie McGregor.
Shute Shield ladder after Round 7
BP 4t
BP <7p
Southern Districts
Sydney University
West Harbour
Northern Suburbs
Eastern Suburbs
 P=Played   W=Wins   D=Draws   L=Losses   F=Points For   A=Points Against   Df=Points Difference   BP 4t=Four Tries   BP <7p=Close Losses   BP=Total Bonus Points   Pts=Ladder Points


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