Club Corner round up: contenders start to emerge across the country

Mon, 03/05/2021, 08:08 am staff
by staff

The club rugby competition is starting to ramp up to full pace and teams are starting to find out where they sit in the competitions pecking order.

There was some big score lines and a couple upsets.

Which clubs stood out across the country last weekend?

Easts' Will Beirne Photo: Brendan Hertel/Reds Rugby
Easts' Will Beirne Photo: Brendan Hertel/Reds Rugby


There were some famous faces to grace the Hospital Challenge Cup this weekend as the leading teams flexed their muscles with some impressive score lines. UQ put Easts to the sword who have now lost their fourth straight game. GPS with the help of Melbourne Rebel and Wallaby Dane Haylett-Petty demolished Sunnybank and in one of the closer matches Wests denied Norths their first win of the season going up by two points. Highlight of The Round:

The Brothers travelled well this weekend taking on Souths at Yeronga Park. The Brothers were dominant out of the gate building a strong lead through the handy boot of Nathan Carroll.

They stuck to their guns and were able to hold a 14-16 score-line throughout the majority of the second half eventually upsetting Souths for their first win of the season.


GPS 34 – 11 Sunnybank

Norths 29 – 22 Wests

University of Queensland 52 - 17 Easts

Souths 14 - 16 Brothers

Bond University – BYE

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The big clubs charged ahead this round in the Charter Hall Shute Shield competition with some big margins to show for it. In a high scoring affair Manly got over the Two Blues 11 points up at Manly Oval. Norths were too good for Souths winning by 10 at North Sydney, while the Warringah rats recovered from last round’s loss with an authoritative victory over West Harbour. The biggest margin of the day came from Sydney Uni’s 50-point drumming of the Penrith Emu’s out West while Randwick came back from Newcastle with an impressive 30-point victory over the Hunter Wildfires. Highlight of the Round:

Eastwood Rugby Club showed an incredible amount of heart over the weekend earning a decisive victory at Woollahra Oval. After suffering a close loss to juggernauts Sydney Uni last week, Eastwood seem to dominate the match finishing with a 42-28 score-line. Michael Icely stood out as a key contributor in the game lining up alongside Waratah Mark Nawaqanitawase who stated prior to the match that he was keen to make an impact proving it with the opening try of the match.


Eastern Suburbs 28 – 42 Eastwood

Manly 38 – 27 Two Blues

Norths 21 – 13 Souths

Warringah 47 – 23 West Harbour

Penrith 0 – 50 Sydney University

Hunter Wildfires 8 – 38 Randwick

Gordan - BYE

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Brumbies' Harry Lloyd lining up for Wests. Photo: Brumbies Rugby
Brumbies' Harry Lloyd lining up for Wests. Photo: Brumbies Rugby


All matches were high scoring and exciting to watch this weekend with Wests continuing to show their dominance early going undefeated in the first three rounds. The Lions continued their streak beating the Royals by seven points while the Vikings snuck past Uni-Norths in a top of the table clash. Highlight of The Round: 

The Gungahlin Eagles just keep continuing to rack up points in this competition finishing with an impressive 61-29 score-line over Queanbeyan last weekend. Jamie Mazzarol-Kotz was the star of the show scoring four tries. Two noticeable additions in the Eagles side was Brumbies representatives Issak Fines-Leleiwasa and Solomone Kata who were put up against fellow teammates Reece Tapine Junior Tupou for Queanbeyan


Royals 26 – 33 Wests

Queanbeyan 29 – 61 Gungahlin

Tuggeranong 20 – 17 Uni-Norths


Coming out of a last-minute lockdown Western Australia’s Fortescue Premier Grade was ready to crank up again with teams coming back firing after a week off. Wests Scarborough continued to prove why they are favourites in the competition crushing ARKs by 66 points. Associates opened their season on a strong account after dropping the first two games of the year and UWA continued their unbeaten streak beating Perth Bayswater by 32 points. Highlight of The Round:

Things weren’t looking good for Cottesloe starting the season with multiple injuries combined with two losses in the first two rounds. The Gulls had marked this game as a must-win as Nedlands denied their chance at the minor premiership last year beating them in the second last round. This game came as a grudge match with both sides looking to take bragging rights in the early part of the season. In an extremely tight match up Cottesloe were able to come away with a slim three-point victory with backrower Hugh Huppatz starring in the game.

Brendan Vorster in action for UWA. Photo: Gordan Pettigrew/True Spirit Photos
Brendan Vorster in action for UWA. Photo: Gordan Pettigrew/True Spirit Photos


It was a special round of the Dewar Shield in Victoria this week with the competition celebrating the Pride Cup. Powerhouse rugby club marched on with their impressive start to the season defeating Box Hill by three points. Moorabbin also proved they are contenders early after putting Footscray into the ground winning with a massive 52-7 score-line. Highlight of the Round

The stage was lit for the Melbourne University, Melbourne Unicorns clash as the state celebrated the first-ever Community Pride Cup. Despite the Unicorns coming away with a clear victory the match had highlights on either side of the field. One key performer was Maciu Nabolakasi who managed to bag three tries for his Unicorns side.


Melbourne Unicorns 83 – 20 Melbourne Uni

Endeavour Hills 13 – 7 Harlequins

Power House 29 – 26 Box Hill

Moorabbin 52 – 7 Footscray


After Adelaide’s Coopers Premier Grade competition was blown wide open last week the competition started to steady as contenders have now started to emerge. Burnside took out Port Adelaide by 59 points. Brighton put Southern Suburbs to the sword by 38 points while Old Collegians also had a big win beating the winless Adelaide by 36 points. Highlight of the Round

The one surprise we did get last weekend in SA Club Rugby was Woodville’s close victory over Elizabeth. The win is the first for Woodville as the club jumps to seventh on the table as they look to keep improving. Fly-half Lindsay Adcock was key in the game nailing three penalties that ultimately gave his side the lead after 80 minutes.


Woodville 33 – 29 Elizabeth

Burnside 64 – 5 Port Adelaide

Brighton 52 – Southern Suburbs 14

Old Collegians 58 – Adelaide University 22

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