Two Blues flanker returns to old club for round seven clash


Flanker Evan Olmstead will return to Chatswood Oval this weekend, not as a Highlander, but as a Parramatta Two Blue when his new side takes his old one in what looks set be a fiery ABC TV game of the day. Olmstead left Gordon at the end of last season and is looking to put on a big performance against his old club.

"I'm looking forward to it, it's going to be a great challenge especially considering where we are on the table as well it's a pretty important game for both clubs," said Olmstead.
"You definitely have to pull out all stops against your old club.  There's going to be guys I went to school with and played colts and grade with last year," he said. "I'm definitely going to have to put in a massive effort, you got to get the W, you don't want to look stupid for leaving."
Parramatta have been the surprise package this season, and with the help of coach Glen Christini, the Two Blues sit in sixth spot on the table coming into round seven, after an unlucky defeat at the hands of reigning premiers Eastwood last weekend.
"The club is a hard working club that has a lot to prove and have some really good players and coaching staff headed by Glen Christini who's a great coach. He offers great team strategy as well as individual advice to the players, so you get that mix of the overall as well as the individual," said Olmstead
The Highlanders come into round seven desperate for a win after a four game losing streak. The forward pack will be fired up for this weekend's match knowing that their old teammate is lining up in the opposite pack.
In other round seven matches Randwick will once again look for their first win of the season against Warringah at Pittwater Rugby Park, while Penrith will aim to grab back-to-back wins against Sydney University at Nepean Rugby Park. Top of the table Manly will face Eastern Suburbs at Woollahra Oval and Eastwood will take on West Harbour at T.G. Millner Field, with both games to be covered by Club Rugby TV. It will be the battle of the backlines when Southern Districts take on Northern Suburbs at North Sydney Oval.
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GORDON (9) v PARRAMATTA (6) at Chatswood Oval (ABC TV game, 3pm)
Gordon will host Parramatta at Chatswood Oval in what is sure to be a fiery encounter between two sides that have been on the end of some great wins and some narrow losses already this season. 
Parramatta makes three changes to the side that narrowly lost to Eastwood last week with hooker Trent Hosher and prop Chris Seuteni coming back into first grade. Dan Yakopo comes into the wing position, which sees Tom Woods shift to flyhalf and Moses Tavola to fullback.
The Highlanders make just one change to the side that lost to Southern Districts last week with Erik Moss coming into flyhalf from second grade, which sees Chris Burnett move to fullback and Lachlan Mitchell to the wing.
Gordon: 1. Aritema Ralulu, 2. Ron Hobden, 3. Tobias Gukibau[c]; 4. Roni Scarano, 5. Mark Johnson; 6. Mark Williams, 7. Mitch Greenway, 8. Luke Rissman; 9. Hamish McGilvray, 10. Erik Moss; 11. Eric Maroni, 12. Tom Matthews, 13. Lucas Simkin, 14. Lachlan Mitchell; 15. Chris Burnett.
Parramatta: 1. Nicholas Blacklock, 2. Trent Hosher, 3. Chris Seuteni; 4. Ryan Aniseko, 5. Adam Coleman; 6.Evan Olmstead, 7. Matt White, 8. Andrew Cox[c]; 9. Kaleb Rech, 10. Tom Woods; 11. Dan Yakopo, 12.Damien Fakafanua[c],13. Iese Leota, 14. Tui Fa'asisila, 15. Moses Tavola.
Referee: Edward Martin
WARRINGAH (7) v RANDWICK (12) at Pittwater Rugby Park (3pm)
After losing to Penrith last round, Randwick will face off against Warringah at Pittwater Rugby Park in a effort to secure their first win of 2012.
With six straight losses, the season hasn't started well for the Galloping Greens, who make seven changes to their side for this week's encounter. The inclusion of HSBC Waratahs prop Lotu Thukeiaho will muscle up Randwick's forward effort this week, as they search for a platform for a backline that will be bolstered by the return of Toby Brown at flyhalf with new centre pairing Peter Falealeniu and Finau Makamaka.
Other additions into the first grade side for round seven will see Antonio Halangahu return at hooker, Tom Weatherall at lock and Tom Connor at flanker.
Warringah makes only two changes to the side that lost to Manly last week, with lock Vincent Wright and hooker Luke Holmes coming into first grade. The Rats left it too late last week against Manly but will look to take the form of their second half performance into round seven.
Warringah: 1. Wayne Borsak, 2. Luke Holmes, 3. Ray Brown; 4.Ben Adams[c] 5. Vincent Wright; 6. Sam Ward, 7. Mark Porpiglia, 8. Jack Tomkins; 9. Tim Donlan, 10. Hamish Angus; 11. Elliot Foils 12. Michael Adams, 13. Edward Doyle, 14. Michael Dalton; 15. David Feltscheer.
Randwick: 1. Lotu Taukeiaho, 2. Antonio Halangahu, 3. Patricio Noriega; 4. Geoff Ingram, 5.Tom Weatherall; 6. Tom Connor, 7. Tim McGann, 8. David Parsons; 9. James Helliwell, 10. Toby Browne; 11. Dominic Bower, 12. Peter Falealeniu, 13. Finau Makamaka, 14. Apaola Tea; 15. Ethan Ford.
Referee: Richard Goswell
PENRITH (11) V SYDNEY UNIVERSITY (5) at Nepean Rugby Park (3pm)
After grabbing their first win of the season last week against Randwick, Penrith will aim and back up a solid performance when they face Sydney University at Nepean Rugby Park. The Emus put in a decent performance last week to secure a second successive Coogee Oval win and will now be looking upset the Students. The Emus make only the one change to their side from last round with Faitotoa Asa coming back into the first grade side.
Sydney University shrugged off a few late forward scuffles to register a solid win over Northern Suburbs last week. The Students have made only the one change in the forwards with prop Pieter Van der Merwe coming back into first grade, highlighting coach Todd Louden's faith in his forwards' dominant performance last round. Other changes to the side see winger Willie Du Plessis and fullback Stephano Hunt earn their first grade starts.
Penrith: 1. Faitotoa Asa, 2. Keiren Straker, 3. Richard Aho[c]; 4.Tyrone Emelio, 5.Kornelio Burgess; 6. Junior Taavili, 7. Cohen Masson, 8. Jason Peseta; 9. Solomona Silipa, 10. Fokolulu Taumalolo; 11. Tala Mapesone, 12. Fred Tuua, 13. Mark Murray, 14. Wilson Silipa; 15. Chris Aunise-Scalan.
Sydney University: 1.Sam Talakai, 2. James Riches, 3. Pieter Van der Merwe; 4. Oliver Atkins, 5. Tom Heslop; 6. Liam Winton, 7. David Hickey, 8. Trent Dyer; 9. Matt Schwager[c], 10. Daniel Kelly; 11. Nathan Trist, 12. James McMahon, 13. Michael Hodge, 14. Willie Du Plessis; 15. Stephano Hunt.
Referee: Anthony Moyes
NORTHERN SUBURBS (8) v SOUTHERN DISTRICTS (2) at North Sydney Oval (3pm)
Southern Districts will look to keep their second spot when they travel to North Sydney Oval in a battle of the backline with Northern Suburbs. The Rebels' have certainly asserted themselves as the most lethal attacking side in the Shute Shield, running in nine tries against Gordon last week to leave them with the best points difference after round six.
Southern Districts make three changes to their side for this week with prop Joe Lynch and lock Andrew Leota coming back into the side while winger Ben Schrieber makes maiden first grade start of 2012.
Northern Suburbs came out firing last week against Sydney University looking to disrupt the Students with a bit of early niggle, however it was to no avail as they were outmuscled up front. The Norths' backline will be bolstered by halfback Liam Walker, flyhalf Mitch Walton and winger Isaiah Mosese, all returning to the first grade side.  The Shoremen have some real talent in the backs and will be relishing the chance to prove themselves against an equally strong Southern Districts backline.
Southern Districts: 1. Joe Lynch, 2. Andrew Sulter, 3. Tim Metcher; 4. Andrew Leota, 5 Andrew Archibald; 6. Sam Latunipulu, 7. Sean Doyle[c], 8. Matt Swann; 9 Grayson Hart, 10. Rohan Saifolio; 11. Ben Connolly, 12. Lester Solanoa, 13. Alex Gibbon, 14. Ben Schrieber; 15. Brackin Karauria-Henry.
Northern Suburbs: 1. Lawrance Hunting, 2.Nick Seymour, 3. Nick Lah; 4 Rory Walton, 5. Seti Tafua; 6. Jordan Smiler, 7. Will Brame, 8. AJ Gilbert [c]; 9. Liam Walker, 10. Mitch Walton; 11. Corey Brown, 12. Chris Tuatara, 13. Bill Meaks, 14. Isaiah Mosese; 15. Haydn Wolfsbauer.
Referee: Julian Pritchard
EASTERN SUBURBS (3) v MANLY (1) at Woollahra Oval (Club Rugby TV, 3pm)
Third placed Eastern Suburbs will host top of the table Manly in the only top six clash of the round. Both sides are coming off outstanding wins last week, with the Beasts picking up the bonus point against West Harbour and the Marlins keeping their unbeaten record with a win over Warringah.
Despite the return of a number of injured players, Marlins coach Tim Lane has kept faith by naming an unchanged side for this week's clash.  In contrast, Mark Bakewell has made three changes to the Beasts' line up, with flankers Tom Eagan and Israel Stephens coming into the forwards and Tom Azar gets a start at centre.
Eastern Suburbs: 1. Sione Kolo, 2. Heath Tessmann, 3. Rob McMickan; 4. Will Crutchley, 5. Phil Mathers; 6. Tom Eagan, 7. Israel Stephens, 8. Pauliasi Taumoepeau[c]; 9. Luke Irwin, 10. Angus Sinclair; 11. Scott Ferris, 12. Marc Koteczky, 13. Tom Azar, 14.Anton Lavin; 15 Harry Bennett. 
Manly: 1. Dane Maraki, 2. James Hilterbrand, 3. Eddie Aholelei; 4. Ryan Melrose, 5. Greg Peterson; 6. Neil Meyer, 7. Jordy Reid, 8. Tevita Metuisela[c]; 9. Max Wood, 10. Cam Pyne; 11. Richard Hooper, 12. Alex Miles, 13. Brian Sefanaia, 14. Sione Ala; 15. Jacob Woodhouse.
Referee: Damien Mitchelmore
EASTWOOD (4) v WEST HARBOUR (10) at T.G. Millner Field (Club Rugby TV, 3pm)
After last week's lucky 25-20 away win over Parramatta, Eastwood will this week have to contend with the big pack from West Harbour  if they are to come away from T.G Millner Field with another away win.
Having proved their strength in depth by posting back-to-back wins since losing Hugh Perrett (Melbourne Rebels) and flyhalf Pierre Hola (injury), the Woodies make two changes to their side this week with Barney Wood slotting in at flyhalf and George Kent at No.8.
West Harbour will look to make amends after last week's loss, making three changes to their side for the round seven clash. Lock Scott Stevens, No.8 Isaiah Pine and halfback Barton Jones all get their chance in first grade this weekend, as they look to move up the ladder with an upset over the reigning premiers.
Eastwood: 1. Marty Plokstys, 2. Chris Hill, 3. Dylan Brass; 4. Mitch Lees, 5. Tom Alexander; 6. Gareth Palamo, 7. Miles McCaffrey, 8. George Kent; 9. Mick Snowden, 10. Barney Wood; 11. Mark Frost, 12. Sione Piukala, 13. Michael McDougall, 14. Nick Batger; 15. Ben Batger.
West Harbour: 1.Michael Alaalatoa, 2.Paul Ngauamo, 3. Vaughan Lomax; 4. Alfed Pinomi, 5. Scott Stevens; 6. Dan Corry 7. Tom Andrews, 8. Isaiah Pine,; 9. Barton Jones, 10. Shaun Treweek; 11. Tito Mua, 12. Nua Alone, 13. Henry Seavula, 14.Macquarie Tatola; 15 Oleni Ngungutau.
Referee: Francisco Pastrana
SRU Premiership Competition » Shute Shield (1st Grade)
Team P W D L F A Df BP 4t BP <7p BP Pts
Team Detail Manly 166  124  42  27 
Team Detail Southern Districts 238  139  99  26 
Team Detail Eastern Suburbs 191  141  50  24 
Team Detail Eastwood 186  135  51  23 
Team Detail Sydney University 202  115  87  22 
Team Detail Parramatta 129  144  -15  16 
Team Detail Warringah 142  149  -7  13 
Team Detail Northern Suburbs 125  132  -7  12 
Team Detail Gordon 128  170  -42  11 
Team Detail West Harbour 137  244  -107 
Team Detail Penrith 104  169  -65 
Team Detail Randwick 96  182  -86 
 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

Last Round Played:  Round 6 - 19/05/2012

Home Team v Away Team Location Time
View Match Detail Sydney University 30 v Northern Suburbs 10 University Oval No. 1 FRIDAY 18 MAY 7:30pm
View Match Detail Manly 31 v Warringah 24 Manly Oval 3:00pm
View Match Detail Randwick 19 v Penrith 21 Coogee Oval 3:00pm
View Match Detail Southern Districts 57 v Gordon 22 Forshaw Rugby Park 3:00pm
View Match Detail West Harbour 26 v Eastern Suburbs 52 Concord Oval 3:00pm
View Match Detail Parramatta 20 v Eastwood 25 Merrylands RSL Rugby Park 3:00pm

Next Round:  Round 7 - 26/05/2012

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






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