Club hub: Dewar Shield, Shute Shield and FMG Premier crowns to be won

by RUGBY.com.au staff

The final club titles will be handed out this weekend with plenty of big clashes on the cards.

Sydney Uni and Warringah will face off in the Shute Shield while Nedlands and Cottesloe fight it out for the FMG Premier Grade Premiership Division crown in WA.

Melbourne and Box Hill are the final two in Victoria.

SHUTE SHIELD

Warringah's Hamish Angus and Mark Gerrard. Photo: Stuart WalmsleyWarringah coach Mark Gerrard says his side won’t be thinking about their 2018 grand final disappointment when they take on Sydney Uni in this year’s Shute Shield decider at Bankwest Stadium.

The Rats were left heartbroken last year after losing to Uni in the grand final but Gerrard said this season had been a new start for the team.

“Some of the guys mentioned it during the week and I kind of squashed that,” he said.

“I don't want anything to do with last year, last year's last year and I believe we're a different side.

“It's going to be a pretty tough ask tomorrow and we know it's going to be quite a physical battle.

“We just want to be able to control what we do, be quite abrasive but really enjoy the moment.

“That's rugby, it's a really good occasion to play at Bankwest (Stadium) for both teams, to get this opportunity at the end of the season.

“It's only fitting, rewarding for our group of young men so I'm really looking forward to that challenge as well.”

In his first year as coach, the former Wallaby said he aimed to make things fun for the team, focusing on the amateur roots of Shute Shield.

“I wanted to challenge this group differently - probably a little bit more enjoyment this year than last year, not anything against anyone else but it was just about the way I perceived that we should do things,” he said.

“That part of it should be rewarding tomorrow and hopefully we can take our opportunities but just really enjoy the moment because this moment might not come again for a few years.”

Gerrard said Sydney Uni’s set piece shaped as the biggest threat going into the match, after the students stormed their way into finals this season.

“I know they've been really dominant this year through set piece. For us, it's just about doing what we do and what we do well,” he said.

“We know they like to control the territory game, we've been working pretty hard on our back three but at the same time we want to be quite abrasive ourselves and really take it to Sydney uni, which we know they're quite a physical side.

“We just want to be really up for the occasion, hopefully the rewards come at the end.”

Warringah will stay farewell to long-time captain Hamish Angus in the match after the flyhalf announced his retirement this week.

Grand final. Saturday August 24. 

Sydney Uni vs Warringah, Bankwest Stadium, 3pm AEST.

LIVE on 7Two in NSW.

Sydney Uni

Harry Johnson-Holmes, Declan Moore, Chris Talakai, Lachlan Swinton, Dave McDuling, TBC, Josh Kemeny, Rohan O'Regan, Jake Gordon, Ben Hughes, James Kane, Guy Porter, James Dargaville, Harry Potter, Tim Clements

Warringah

Rory O'Connor, Robert Kelly, Faavae Sila, Matt Foulds, Sam Thomson, Ru Mackenzie, Boyd Killingworth, Sam Ward, Josh Holmes, Hamish Angus, harry Jones, Tyson Davis, Ben Woolett, Ben Marr, Liam Windon

FMG PREMIER GRADE

Premiership Division final. Sunday August 25.

Nedlands vs Cottesloe, Wanneroo Rugby Club, 3:40pm local, 5:40pm AEST

Nedlands

Logan Ede, Joseph Ritchie, Urbain Lawrence, Tuki Raimona, Mark Davies, Joe Simeon, Jonathon Tiueti, Mike Egan (c), Drake Robson, Cam Brown, Kaleb Whakataka, David Bailey, Shane Hemi, Aiden Laxton, Grayson Knapp. Reserves: Luke Doherty, Callum Thomas, Mike Botes, Nate Roberts, David Neilson, Dylan Loversidge, Aaron Evans, Jackson Neilson, Ammon Matuauto (vc), Al Momoisea, Christoff Cronje, Maia King, Liam van der Westhuizen 

Cottesloe 

Ivan Fepule'ai, Gafatasi Su’a (VC), Lafaele Ikenasio, Kieran Stringer (C), Zane Herrick, Cohen Masson, Alec Fontalvo, Tobias Hoskins, Timothy Parks (VC), Sean Martin, Zubayr Abrahams, Samuel Parker, Alistair Haining, Netinili Fielea, Benjamin Meredith. Reserves: Darius Takurua, Kaisa Reidy, Michael Walker, Ethan Cayless, Simione Vuetiverata, Scott Nichol, James Blackburn, Mayson Hill, Sasha Holloway, Jason Badenhorst, Amba Lebbie

DEWAR SHIELD

Saturday August 24. All times AEST.

Melbourne vs Box Hill, S RHL Sparks Reserve, 2:45pm

LIVE stream on the Rugby Victoria Facebook page and replayed on Channel 31 on Wednesday 8pm + Saturday 1pm

Melbourne

Noa Noa, Vyron Smith, Taimo Matau, Jeremy Burrill, Esei Haangana, Maciu Nabolakasi, Blaize Tuisila, Sakalia Noa, Reece Fuller, Samuel Vaevae, Afa Faatau, David Massey, Tyrone Lefau, William Leweski, James Sooialo

Box Hill

Steven Palu, Lepani Naituku, Jack Wootton, Moses Haukinima, Onesema Hafoka, Joseva tamani, Gerard Logan, Joeli Baleilovu, Delai Moto, Michael Moloney, Lolohea Loco, Mika Faamausili, Puni Aupuni, Nailati Ukalele, Alex Healey