Shute Shield finals fever heats up


By NSW Rugby Media

Written by Hugh Yates

North Sydney Oval will be the backdrop on Saturday when Sydney University and Warringah take on each other in the final of NSW Rugby’s premier club competition.

Also on the finals menu at the Oval are the three other grade finals, which kick off at 0900.

Last week the Students convincingly beat Manly 41-3 whilst the Rats earned a hard-fought 25-22 victory over Norths to advance to the Shute Shield final.

The Students have been the form side of the competition, winning 14 games in the regular season. They boast an abundance of young talent and managed to take out the minor premiership with a convincing 76 competition points and averaging close to 40 points per game.

Throughout the season Sydney University’s pack have been consistently strong whilst their youthful backline has torn apart opposing defensive lines through the likes of Will McDonnell, Tim Clements and James Kane.

Wallabies Nick Phipps and Tolu Latu are returning to the fold, adding more firepower to the side. It’s been four years since the club lifted the Shield and this group of players will be hungry for victory.

However, Warringah are certainly no easy beat. The 2017 champions have shown throughout 2018 they are capable of doing it all again. The Rats have displayed to their opposition that they’re an extremely tough outfit and Sydney University know this all too well.

The last time these two sides met back in round 10, the Rats got the better of the Students 15-12.

The men from the Northern Beaches are full of experience, particularly in big games.

Rats hooker and club stalwart, Luke Holmes will be donning the Warringah jersey for one last time and will be joined alongside other Shute Shield veterans such as Sam Ward and Josh Holmes. Tyson Davis and Mahe Vailanu, two of the younger members of the squad are also ones to watch out for.

This game is set to be one to remember and certainly won’t be short of running rugby. The 2017 final attracted a sell-out crowd and this weekend prepare yourselves for an atmosphere just as great.

Other grade finals at North Sydney Oval on the day are:

Fourth Grade: Warringah v Northern Suburbs 0900
Third Grade: Eastern Suburbs v Northern Suburbs 1050
Second Grade: Eastern Suburbs v Eastwood 1250

Shute Shield final line-ups

Sydney University: Matt Sandell, Tolu Latu, Paddy Ryan, Lachlan Swinton, David McDuling, Nick Chamipons De Crespigny, Brad Wilkin, Rohan O’Regan (captain), Jake Gordon, Stu Dunbar, James Kane, Will McDonnell, Guy Porter, Harry Potter, Tim Clements.
Finishers: Tom Horton, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Chris Talakai, Jack Sharrett, Viliame Cocker, Nick Phipps, Theo Strang, Henry Clunies-Ross

Warringah: Rory O’Connor, Luke Holmes, Harry Rorke, Sam Thomson, Jack Tomkins, Tom Preece, Mahe Vailanu, Sam Ward, Josh Holmes, Hamish Angus, Esera Chee-Kam, Sailosi Tagicakibau, Seb Wileman, Tyson Davis, Dave Feltscheer

Kick-off: 1510
Broadcast: Live on Channel Seven TWO

The final: What you need to know

With a big crowd expected, supporters are urged to purchase their tickets online to save money and avoid queuing on the day. For details go to Shute Shield IWANNATICKET

Parking is available in the Ridge Street carpark (5 minute walk to the Oval)

Ridge Street gates open at 0800. Miller Street gates will open later






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