Around the grounds: Lucas boots Manly to Shute Shield lead

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by Beth Newman

Waratahs halfback Matt Lucas booted 13 points to help Manly topple defending champions Norths 23-18 in the top-of-the-table clash.

Angus Taavao started in the front row for Norths, while Irae Simone and Michael Wells were both on the bench, with backrower Wells twinging his hamstring.

Nick Phipps crossed for a try for Sydney Uni, in a thrilling 33-29 win over Warringah while NSW prop Paddy Ryan came off the bench for the students.

Waratahs youngster Harry Jones had a double, with NSW backrower Maclean Jones also crossing, but it wasn’t enough to steal the win.

Andrew Kellaway made a successful return from injury, playing half an a hour for Randwick on the wing in their draw against Eastwood, with Reece Robinson showing some pace on the opposite edge for the Wicks, while squad flyhalf Andrew Deegan, booted nine points for the game.

No. 8 Jed Holloway came off the bench for Southern Districts in their 34-27 win over West Harbour.


Randwick 24 - Eastwood 24

Sydney Uni 33 - Warringah 29

Easts 33 - Gordon 19

Manly 23 - Norths 18

Southern Districts 34 - West Harbour 27

Parramatta 26 - Penrith 20

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Jake McIntyre featured for Sunnyback. Photo: QRU Media/Brendan HertelReds squad second rower Cadeyrn Neville started for Bond Uni in a narrow loss to Wests, with Lachlan Maranta at 13 for Wests. 

Centre Henry Taefu lined up for Sunnybank in a tight 17-15 loss to GPS, with flyhalf Jake McIntyre also featuring.

Hooker Andrew Ready started for Easts, with Michael Gunn at openside for the Tigers against UQ.

Caleb Timu continues to notch game time in his return from injury, starting at blindside for Souths against Brothers.


Bond Uni 22 - Wests 25

Souths 24 - Brothers 35

UQ 33 - Easts 29

Sunnybank 15 - GPS 17

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With much of the Force squad travelling to Africa and Argentina, there was no regular Super Rugby players in action in Perth over the weekend.


Associates 24 - Perth Bayswater 15

Cottesloe 42 - Wanneroo 26

Joondalup 30 - Palmyra 36

Nedlands 38 - UWA 19

Wests Scarborough 27 - Kalamunda 34 


Brumbies backrower Tom Cusack crossed for a try for the Royals in a surprise 49-14 win over defending champions Tuggeranong.

Hooker Saia Faingaa played a half for the Queanbeyan Whites as they romped home to a 104-10 win over Easts.


Royals 49 - Tuggeranong 14

Gungahlin 33 - Uni-Norths Owls 25

Queanbeyan Whites 104 - Easts 10


Jonah Placid played at 13 for Melbourne Uni, as they touched up Footscray in round seven.

Pat Leafa was the run-on hooker for Box Hill in their 40-20 win over Power House, while Rebels fringe player Ikapote Tupai played openside for Melbourne.


Melbourne Uni 39 - Footscray 22

Southern Districts 19 - Melbourne 71

Power House 20 - Box Hill 40

Moorabbin 0 - Endeavour Hills 27

Melbourne Uni 39 - Footscray 22