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2012 Shute Shield - Round 2 preview


The second round of the Shute Shield will kick off this Saturday (April 21) with all 12 teams looking to grab a vital early season advantage. Seven HSBC Waratahs will line up for their respective clubs this weekend, in an interesting round of matches.

Saturday's fixtures will kick off with the ABC match of the round featuring Gordon against Randwick at Chatswood Oval from 3pm. Warringah will be looking to grab their first win when they take on Eastern Suburbs at Woollahra Oval, as will Parramatta who host Northern Suburbs at Merrylands RSL Rugby Park.  Penrith will look to upset Eastwood at T.G Milner, while Southern Districts will be tested against West Harbour at Concord Oval. In the only top six encounter this week, Manly host Sydney University at Manly Oval.

GORDON (6) V RANDWICK (10) at Chatswood Oval (ABC TV game, 3pm)
(ladder positions after round one in brackets)

Gordon names an unchanged side to play Randwick after a tight win away from home last week against Warringah. This will be the second time the Matthews brothers have lined up together in first grade.  They will be backed up by a solid backline led by Chris Burnett and Tom Hill.

Randwick will make four changes to the side that lost to Manly last weekend. This weekend which will see a new combination in the halves with James Helliwell making an impression in second grade at scrum half last week and Lachlan McKay coming into the team at fly half. The side will have confidence in the forward pack with HSBC Waratah Lotu Taukeiaho lining up in the front row. Lock Bryce Speechley and fullback Ethan Ford will start first grade this week after second grade performances in round one.

Gordon: 1. Aritema Ralulu, 2. Ron Hobden, 3. Tobias Gukibau[c]; 4. Roni Scarano, 5. Lex Fairley; 6. Mark Williams, 7. Mitch Greenway, 8. Mark Johnson; 9. Terry Preston, 10. Chris Burnett; 11. Eric Maroni, 12. Tom Hill, 13. Tom Matthews, 14. Vesi Topokalauli; 15. Ryan Matthews.

Randwick: 1. Patto Noriega, 2. Atonio Halangahu, 3. Lotu Taukeiaho; 4. Geoff Ingram, 5.Bryce Speechley; 6. David Vizer, 7. Tim McGann, 8. David Parsons; 9. James Helliwell, 10. Lachlan McKay; 11. Kiti Vasu, 12. Keith Masima, 13. Finau Makamaka, 14. Tom Joseph; 15. Ethan Ford

Referee: Ian Smith

EASTERN SUBURBS (3) v WARRINGAH (7) at Woollahra Oval (3pm)

Warringah will be looking for their first win of the season when they take on Eastern Suburbs this weekend at Woollahra Oval. The match this weekend will test the Rats after the Beasts won last week in impressive fashion against Penrith.

Eastern Suburbs will make four changes to the side this week with Phil Mathers coming into lock for his first start of 2012, while Tom Eagan packs down alongside him after a second grade performance last week. Will Drabble moves from lock to blindside flanker after grabbing a try last week. Eddy Paea also moves up from second grade this week into the fullback position.

Warringah will make four changes to their side after last week's defeat against Manly. Lock Scott Flint, No. 8 Jack Tomkins, fly half Michael Adams and winger Michael Dalton all make their first grade starts this weekend after playing second grade in round one.

Eastern Suburbs: 1. Ofa Fainga'anuku, 2. Tom Coolican, 3. Rob Mcmickan; 4. Phil Mathers, 5.Tom Eagan; 6.Will Drabble, 7. Nathan Paila, 8. Pauliasi Taumoepeau[c]; 9. Luke Irwin, 10. Angus Sinclair; 11. Scott Ferris, 12. Anton Lavin, 13. Apakuki Maafu, 14.Eddie Paea; 15. Charlie Clifton.

Warringah: 1. Richard Southan, 2. David Mason, 3. Wayne Borsak; 4.Ben Adams[c] 5. Scott Flint; 6. Sam Ward, 7. Boyd Killingworth,  8. Jack Tomkins; 9. Tim Donlan, 10. Hamish Angus; 11. Edward Doyle 12. Michael Adams, 13. Jackson Selby, 14. Michael Dalton; 15. David Feltscheer.

Referee: Damien Mitchelmore

EASTWOOD (5) v PENRITH (9) at T.G Milner (3pm)

Eastwood have only made one change to the side that narrowly beat Northern Suburbs last week. Michael MacDougall shifts to outside centre while centre Jimmy Hilgendorf makes his first grade start for 2012.

Penrith make no changes to their side for this weekend's game away from home. Penrith will look for their first win of the season, and will take the disappointment of last weekend's performance against Eastern Suburbs into Saturday's match. Mark Murray and Chris Aunise-Scalan switch center pairings, whilst flankers Cohen Masson and David Reopoamo switch sides in the scrum.

Eastwood: 1. Marty Plokstys, 2. Chris Hill, 3. Dylan Brass; 4. Steve Cummins, 5. Mitch Lees; 6. Gareth Palamo, 7. Miles McCaffrey, 8. Hugh Perrett[c]; 9. Mick Snowden, 10. Pierre Hola; 11. Mark Frost, 12. Jimmy Hilgendorf, 13. Michael MacDougall, 14. Cam Mitchell; 15. Ben Batger.

Penrith: 1. Toa Asa, 2. Keiren Straker, 3. Richard Aho[c]; 4.Tyrone Emelio, 5.Dale Shane; 6. Cohen Masson, 7. David Reopoamo, 8. Junior Tuaau; 9. Paula Katoa, 10. Fokolulu Taumalolo; 11. Tala Mapesone, 12. Mark Murray, 13. Chris Aunise-Scalan, 14. Wilson Silipa; 15. Solomona Silipa.

Referee: Edward Martin

PARRAMATTA (12) v NORTHERN SUBURBS (8) at Merrylands RSL Rugby Park (3pm)

Parramatta will look to redeem themselves after a disappointing first round against Southern Districts, whilst Northern Suburbs will want to grab their first win of the season. 

Parramatta makes a number of changes this week. Hooker Matthew Borg and lock Ryan Aniseko come into first grade after matches in second grade last week, whilst Adam Coleman makes his first start of 2012. Evan Olmstead moves from lock to blindside flanker, captain Andrew Cox moves from open side flanker to No. 8 whilst Matt White moves to flanker. There are a number of position shifts for the Two Blues in the back line as Sam Yakopo makes his first start at fly half for 2012. Thomas Woods moves from fly half to fullback, Tamieni Fakafanua moves from outside to inside centre, Iese Leota moves from wing to outside centre and Moses Tavola shifts from fullback to wing.

Norths enter new prop Cruz Ah Nau into the picture, with Scott Podmore starting at hooker after playing second grade last week. Rory Walton comes into the team at lock, making it his first start for 2012. There are no changes to the back line after an impressive second half showing last week against Eastwood.

Parramatta: 1. Lamarn Ma'a, 2. Matthew Borg, 3. Chris Seuteni; 4. Ryan Aniseko, 5. Adam Coleman; 6.Evan Olmstead, 7. Matt White, 8. Andrew Cox[c]; 9. Kaleb Rech, 10. Sam Yakopo; 11. Tui Fa'asisila, 12.Tamieni Fakafanua, 13. Iese Leota, 14. Moses Tavola; 15. Thomas Woods.

Northern Suburbs: 1. Cruz Ah Nau, 2.Scott Podmore, 3. James Smith; 4. Rory Walton, 5. Seti Tafua; 6. Wil Brame, 7. Will Miller, 8. AJ Gilbert [c]; 9. David Hardisty, 10. Haydn Wolfsbauer; 11. Corey Brown, 12. Chris Tuatara, 13. Bill Meaks, 14. Isaiah Mosese; 15. Trent Lake.

Referee: Julian Pritchard

WEST HARBOUR (11) v SOUTHERN DISTRICTS (1) at Concord Oval (3pm)

Southern Districts have only made one change to their side this week with Sean Doyle coming in at flanker.  They will be looking to build on their successful performance last week, where they secured the bonus point and top spot on the competition table. HSBC Waratahs speedsters Brackin Karauria-Henry and Atieli Pakalani will be looking to employ their experience in the backline this weekend.

West Harbour has made three changes to the side that lost to Sydney University last week. Todd Pearce moves from hooker to prop whilst Myles Hunkin comes into the hooker after playing second grade last round. Henry Seavula also comes into the team on the wing after playing second grade last week.

West Harbour: 1.Todd Pearce, 2.Myles Hunkin, 3. Vaughan Lomax; 4. Alfred Pinomi, 5. Tom Patterson; 6. Tom Games[c], 7. Tom Andrews, 8. Isaiah Pine; 9. Ben Murray, 10. Shaun Treweek; 11. Tito Mua, 12. Nua Alone, 13. Sai Vakarau, 14.Henry Seavula; 15. Oleni Ngungutau

Southern Districts: 1. Marcus Heather, 2. Andrew Sulter, 3. Joe Lynch; 4. Andrew Leota, 5. Andrew Archibold; 6. Sean Doyle, 7. Sam Latunipulu, 8. Matt Swann; 9. Dewet Roos, 10. Rohan Saifolio; 11. Ben Connolly, 12. Lester Solanoa, 13. Brackin Karauria-Henry, 14. Nicky Price; 15. Atieli Pakalani.

Referee: Angus Gardner

MANLY (4) v SYDNEY UNIVERSITY (2) at Manly Oval (3pm)

Manly and Sydney University are situated in the top half of the ladder with both looking to assert themselves as the competition's early front runners by picking up a win this weekend. Manly make one change to the side that defeated Randwick away from home last week with prop Eddie Aholelei making his first start for 2012. Manly will look again to utilise HSBC Waratahs forward pairing Greg Peterson and Tevita Metuisela in the forwards, as well as the kicking skills of league convert Sione Ala who bagged 10 points last week.

Sydney University has only made the one change this week at the prop position with Pieter van der Merwe coming up from playing second grade in round one. The Students will be looking for the experience needed to grab the win with HSBC Waratahs Jeremy Tilse in the forwards and Nathan Trist in the backs.

Manly: 1. Dane Maraki, 2. James Hilterbrand, 3. Eddie Aholelei; 4. Cadeyrn Neville, 5. Greg Peterson; 6. Harry Bergelin, 7. Andrew Davis[c], 8. Tevita Metuisela; 9. Jack Rowntree, 10. Alex Miles; 11. Richard Hooper, 12. Maili Hingano, 13. Oli Samuelu, 14. Sione Ala; 15. Jacob Woodhouse

Sydney University: 1.Jeremy Tilse, 2. Sam Roberson, 3. Pieter van der Merwe; 4. Oliver Atkins, 5. Liam Winton; 6. Anthony Pohlen, 7. David Hickey, 8. Trent Dyer; 9. Matthew Schwager[c], 10. Daniel Kelly; 11. Angus Roberts, 12. James McMahon, 13. Michael Hodge, 14. Nathan Trist; 15. Stuart Dunbar.

Referee: Andrew Lees

Shute Shield Round 2 Fixtures (21/04/12)

    Home Team v Away Team Location Time
View Match Detail Eastern Suburbs   v Warringah   Woollahra Oval 3:00pm
View Match Detail Eastwood   v Penrith   T. G. Millner Field 3:00pm
View Match Detail Parramatta   v Northern Suburbs   Merrylands RSL Rugby Park 3:45pm
View Match Detail West Harbour   v Southern Districts   Concord Oval 3:00pm
View Match Detail Manly   v Sydney University   Manly Oval 3:00pm
View Match Detail Gordon   v Randwick   Chatswood Oval 3:00pm

SRU Premiership Competition >> Shute Shield (1st Grade) Standings after round 1

 Team P W D L F A Df BP 4t BP <7p BP Pts
Team Detail Southern Districts 42  39 
Team Detail Sydney University 49  19  30 
Team Detail Eastern Suburbs 27  17  10 
Team Detail Manly 20  14 
Team Detail Eastwood 20  17 
Team Detail Gordon 12  11 
Team Detail Warringah 11  12  -1 
Team Detail Northern Suburbs 17  20  -3 
Team Detail Penrith 17  27  -10 
Team Detail Randwick 20  -14 
Team Detail West Harbour 19  49  -30 
Team Detail Parramatta 42  -39 
 P=Played   W=Wins   D=Draws   L=Losses   F=Points For   A=Points Against   Df=Points Difference   BP 4t=Four Tries   BP <7p=Close Losses   BP=Total Bonus Points   Pts=Ladder Points

Results and ladders from all other grades are avaliable on the NSWRU website at
The Sydney Junior Rugby Union 2012 season kicks off this weekend with 400 Junior teams (Under 10 to Opens [Under 17 / Under 18]) participating in either Friday Night Competitions, Saturday Competitions or Sunday Competitions.  Click here for the full story.






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