Around the grounds: Waratah, Red return from injury

by Sam Phillips and Beth Newman

The majority of the Super Rugby stars in action turned out in the Shute Shield at the weekend.

Here is who caught our eye from club land.


Waratahs backrower Jack Dempsey made a successful return to rugby, through Gordon, playing half an hour in his comeback.

His NSW teammate Andrew Kellaway was a standout late in the game for Randwick, setting up a try and making a handful of linebreaks, while Andrew Deegan booted 16 points for the Galloping Greens.
Andrew Deegan kicked Randwick to a big score on Saturday.NSW winger Reece Robinson scored a try in the dominant Randwick win.

Waratahs forwards David Lolohea played in the pack for Parramatta in a thrilling win over West Harbour.

Matt Lucas slotted six conversions as Manly kept its undefeated run going in 2017, with a 52-26 win over Penrith, with the Waratahs third-choice halfback on call this week for a potential call-up to New Zealand, should Nick Phipps be ruled out of the round 15 clash with the Chiefs.

Aussie Sevens player Conor Mitchell started in the backrow for Southern Districts, as they went down to Sydney Uni, with U20s scrumhalf Theo Strang at nine for Uni.

Waratahs squad member Sam Needs packed down at tighthead for Warringah, with Maclean Jones Jones at openside flanker for the Rats against Easts, with Mack Mason scoring a try for Easts.


Randwick 74 Gordon 12

Penrith 26 Manly 52

Parramatta 32 West Harbour 31

Norths 20 Eastwood 21

Warringah 27 Easts 27

Sydney Uni 54 Southern Districts


Force backrower Onehunga Havilli scored a try at No. 8 for ladder-leading Palmyra in Perth on the weekend, as they continued their dominant run with a 36-22 win over Associates, despite giving away three yellow cards.

Hooker Harry Scoble started for UWA in a drubbing of Perth Bayswater, while U20s back Clay Uyen came off the bench to score a try in the dominant showing.


Associates 22 Palmyra 36

Cottesloe 14 Kalamunda 50

UWA 56 Perth Bayswater 10

Wanneroo 0 Nedlands 60

Wests Scarborough 31 Joondalup 37


Markus Vanzati returned from a calf complaint on Saturday. Photo: QRU Media/Brendan HertelFormer Red Junior Laloifi again starred for Sunnybank, scoring a double in their win over Cadeyrn Neville's Bond University.

Both Easts and Souths were without their Reds regulars for the Magpies' four point win, though Markus Vanzati made his return from a calf injury with a second half cameo for Souths.

Scott Gale started at halfback for University in their big win over Norths, while Wests proved too good for a GPS outfit without their regular Reds.Toutai Kefu watched on as his beloved Magpies took on Easts. Photo: QRU Media/Brendan Hertel


Sunnybank 33 Bond University 19

Souths 20 Easts 15

University of Queensland 57 Norths 7

Wests 25 GPS 14


Box Hill didn't feature any Rebels players but they did notch a rare ton against Southern Districts.

With the Australian U20s in Georgia and the Rebels list injury depleted, no Rebels featured for their clubs on Saturday.


Melbourne 42 12 Power House

Melbourne University 20 43 Harlequins

Southern Districts 7 105 Box Hill

Footscray 60 5 Endeavour Hills


Tom Cusack and Tom Staniforth helped set the platform for Royals in their win over Queanbeyan, while Nigel Ah Wong started for the Vikings in their big win against Uni-Norths.


 Tuggeranong 48 Uni Norths 12

Royals 42 Queanbeyan 17

Wests 40 Gungahlin 29