2011 Shute Shield :: Round 22 Preview


1/09/2011



By Sydney Rugby Union

The top six teams to qualify for the semi-finals may be decided, however the Sir Roden Cutler Shield is on the line when Eastwood hosts Northern Suburbs in one of the final round of the Shute Shield regular season.

Eastwood v Northern Suburbs TG Millner Field
Both sides are safely into the finals with Eastwood putting their name on the minor premiership for the second year in a row and Norths securing sixth place with a very strong second half of the season.
Norths Coach Scott Fava knows his way around TG Millner Field as well as anyone and he has developed a very committed side throughout the season. Unfortunately prop and captain Al Baxter is unavailable this week due to a hand injury.
Eastwood have Sam Wykes back after Force duties and boast one of the best back rows in the competition with captain Hugh Perrett, Chris Alcock and Locky McCaffrey. The Woodies backs will be keen to add to their try tally after hooker Damien Fitzpatrick has helped himself to seven tries in two weeks.
Much of Norths success this year has been built around defence and they will need to match the Woodies up front. Outside backs, John Grant and Mark Frost for Eastwood and Cam Crawford and Lachlan Rosengreen for Norths will be hoping for the game to open up.
On the conclusion of this game the ES Marks Trophy will be presented to Eastwood as Minor Premiers and the Sir Roden Cutler Shield will also be decided for 2011.
Eastwood: 1. Kieran Longbottom, 2. Damien Fitzpatrick, 3. Barry Fa’amuasili; 4. Sam Wykes, 5. Jared Barry; 6. Hugh Perrett [c], 7. Chris Alcock, 8. Locky McCaffrey; 9. Nick White, 10. Pierre Hola; 11. Mark Frost, 12. Sione Piukala, 13. Tim Bennetts, 14. John Grant; 15. Ben Batger.
Northern Suburbs: 1. Scott Sio, 2. Ben Whittaker, 3. Nick Lah; 4. Ben Matwijow, 5. Rory Walton; 6. Jordan Smiler, 7. Wil Brame, 8. AJ Gilbert; 9. Steve Evans, 10. Zack Holmes; 11. Lachlan Rosengreen, 12. Chris Moore, 13. Samu Wara, 14. Bill Meakes; 15. Cam Crawford.
Referee:
Andrew Lees

Gordon v West Harbour at Chatswood Oval
Both teams will be looking to finish off the season as winners after disappointing results in the last few rounds.
Gordon enters the match with good form despite going down narrowly to Eastern Suburbs and Randwick in the last two weeks. The Highlanders have shown they can score points from across the park and will be looking to tighten up the defence against West Harbour.
The Pirates have had to battle injury woes late in the season and will be assisted by the return of Henry Seavula at outside centre. Captain Isaiah Pine has been solid at No.8 for Wests and his battle with the improving David Tome will be absorbing.
Gordon: 1. James Atwill, 2. Tobias Gukibau [C], 3. Mike Cunneen; 4. Evan Olmstead, 5. Lex Fairley; 6. Mark Williams, 7. Mitch Greenway, 8. David Tome; 9. Terry Preston, 10. Josh Keil; 11. Lachie Mitchell, 12. Tom Hill, 13. Tom Matthews, 14. Eric Maroni; 15. Dave Harvey.
West Harbour: 1. Todd Pearce, 2. Reg de Jager, 3. Vaughan Lomax; 4. Tom Hikila, 5. Alfred Pinomi; 6. Tom Games, 7. Daniel Midghall, 8. Isaiah Pine [c]; 9. Shannin Proctor, 10. Liam Windon; 11. Joe Tuvitu, 12. Tyler Spitz, 13. Nua Alone, 14. Henry Seavula; 15. Tito Mua.
Referee: Angus Gardner


Eastern Suburbs v Penrith Woollahra Oval
Eastern Suburbs has secured fourth place on the ladder and will be looking to fine tune both attack and defence as they prepare for the elimination semi-finals.
The Beasties look close to full strength for this game with a very mobile back row lead by captain Pauliasi Taumoepeau at No.8. Scrumhalf Brendan McKibbin is the on-field general and he will looking to create space for the outside backs from the kick-off.
Penrith will be wrapping up a difficult season which showed promise early but struggled through injury and player availability later in the season. Dave Coventry has been a consistent performer at loosehead prop and No.8 Kornelio Burgess always creates problems for the opposition in attack and defence.
If Penrith halves Paula Kato and Haydn Wolfsbaur can shut down the opposition space, the Emus as always will be very competitive in the tight play.
Eastern Suburbs: 1. Ofa Fainga’anuku, 2. Sam Zlatevski, 3. Rob McMickan; 4. Matt McGann, 5. Jordan Brown; 6. Nathan Paila, 7. Andrew Shaw, 8. Pauliasi Taumoepeau [c]; 9. Brendan McKibbin, 10. Angus Sinclair; 11. Ratu Ma’afu, 12. Marc Koteczky, 13. Anton Lavin, 14. Damon Anderson; 15. Eddie Paea.
Penrith:1. Dave Coventry, 2. Whetu Barber, 3. Richard Aho; 4. Tarone Emelio, 5. David Reopama; 6. Murray Iti, 7. Dale Shane, 8. Kornelio Burgess; 9. Paula Katoa, 10. Haydn Wolfsbaur; 11. Lachlan Porteous, 12. Henry Lilomaiaua, 13. Mark Murray, 14. Fokolulu Taumalolo; 15. Nick Thomson.
Referee: Ian Smith

Parramatta v Southern Districts at Merrylands RSL Rugby Park
A six try effort by Southern Districts last week will have them confident going into the final round against Parramatta.
In an outstanding match last week Souths got up by one point over Warringah with flyhalf Rohan Saifoloi scoring 21 points for the Rebels. Kane Douglas is dominant in the forwards for Souths and outside backs Brackin Karauria-Henry, Nicky Price and Denan Kemp all have speed to burn.
Parramatta will be looking to finish the season with six wins and their form at home at Merrylands RSL Rugby Park has been encouraging. Hooker Ben Hewitson has been a consistent performer all season and captain Andrew Cox is a non-stop, no nonsense player that leads from the front.
Parramatta: 1.Sione Tula, 2. Ben Hewitson, 3. Chris Seuteni; 4. Ryan Aniseko, 5. Adam Coleman; 6. Andrew Cox, 7. Nick Boland, 8. Trent Hosher; 9. Kaleb Rech, 10. Tom Woods; 11. Tui Fa’asisila, 12. Iese Leota, 13. Damien Fakafanua, 14. Moses Tavola; 15. Tyler Stevens.
Southern Districts: Tetera Faulkner, 2. Nick Seymour, 3. Duncan Chubb; 4. Andrew Rossiter, 5. Kane Douglas; 6. Lopeti Timani, 7. Sean Doyle, 8. Ita Vaea; 9. Grayson Hart, 10. Ben Volavola; 11. Denan Kemp, 12. Charlie Vatubua, 13. Ben Schreiber, 14. Nicky Price; 15. Brackin Karauria- Henry.
Referee: Nathan Pearce

Warringah v Sydney University Pittwater Rugby Park
Warringah has been looking forward to hosting Uni at Pittwater Rugby Park all season and the Rats will have the welcome mat out for the defending premiers.
With Pek Cowan and Beau Robinson in the forwards and Mark Gerrard at fullback the Rats will be looking to spring the upset, just as they did against Eastwood in the midweek clash.
Sydney University are strong across the park and with Tim Davidson handed back the captaincy there is no chance of complacency. Dave Dennis was at his menacing best last week and with Phil Waugh likely to make a second half appearance the Rats will need to stamp their authority early. The Rats will enjoy the big home crowd support.
Warringah: 1. Pek Cowan, 2. David Mason, 3. Dan Barnard; 4. Mitchell Longrigg, 5. Tristan Stanley; 6. Beau Robinson, 7. Mark Porpiglia, 8. Sam Ward; 9. Scott Bradley, 10. Hamish Angus; 11. Michael Dalton, 12. Hugh Campbell, 13. Edward Doyle, 14. Dave Feltscheer; 15. Mark Gerrard.
Sydney University: 1. Jeremy Tilse, 2. Sam Roberson, 3. Sam Talakai; 4. Dean Mumm, 5. Dave Dennis; 6. Tim Davidson [c], 7. Jono Jenkins, 8. Pat McCutcheon; 9. Matt Schwager, 10. Daniel Halangahu; 11. Michael Hodge, 12. Tom Carter, 13. Tom Kingston, 14. Nathan Trist; 15. Bernard Foley.
Referee: James Scholtens

Manly v Randwick at Manly Oval
Manly hosts Randwick this week knowing that they may have to play each other again next week in the elimination finals.
Third-placed Manly will benefit from a strong home crowd and their outside backs like to spread it wide at Manly Oval. Scrumhalf Chris Cottee has formed a good combination with Willie Ripia and Andrew Smith in the centres.
Adam Freier returns to the starting line-up for Randwick after coming off the bench last week. His experience will be invaluable. Flyhalf Toby Browne continues to impress in general play and his goalkicking has been a highlight. With Browne feeding the speedy outside backs look for fullback Shaun Foley attacking out wide.
Manly: 1. Dane Maraki, 2. Anthony Hegarty, 3. Eddie Aholelei; 4. Ed Gower, 5. Caderyn Neville; 6. Kotoni Ale, 7. Michael Hooper, 8. Dylan Sigg; 9. Chris Cottee, 10. Willie Ripia; 11. BJ Hartmann, 12. Joe Christie, 13. Andrew Smith, 14. Jacob Woodhouse; 15. Ben Seymour.
Randwick: 1. Toa Maraki, 2. Adam Frier, 3. Steven Noriega; 4. Neville McGee, 5. Geoff Ingram; 6. Al McFarland, 7. Tom Connor [c], 8. Ben Mowen [c]; 9. Josh Valentine, 10. Toby Browne; 11. Tom Joseph, 12. Bevu Tuqiri, 13. Tim Wright, 14. Ethan Ford; 15. Shaun Foley.
Referee: Stuart Dickinson


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