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Shute Shield Round 15B Preview: Pirates set sights on finals football


As they fight to keep their finals ambitions alive, West Harbour Pirates will attempt to notch up their fifth win in a row against the Parramatta Two Blues this weekend at Merrylands RSL Rugby Park. The eighth-placed Pirates currently hold the last finals spot but have Warringah hot on their heels, trailing by a slim margin of three competition points.

Last time the two sides met it was Parramatta who got the upper hand, picking up a close 15-12 victory at Concord Oval in round eight. The inclusion of halfback Kaleb Rech and winger Dan Yakopo for Parramatta will certainly help the side this weekend, as they look to move forward from their loss against Warringah in round 14.
Conversely, West Harbour come into the weekend's match on the back of a nail-biting game with Gordon. Pirates' No.8 Sione Tau put the cherry on top of what was a gutsy second half fight back, grabbing the match-winning try that allowed his side to hold onto eighth position on the Shute Shield ladder.
As well as featuring as the ABC TV game of the round (live at 3pm on ABC1), Merrylands RSL will also host the Bledisloe Cup, giving fans the chance to get up close and personal with the highly sought after piece of trans-Tasman silverware.  Also on show will be some of the stand out performers in the 2012 Shute Shield, including West Harbour high flyer Oleni Ngungutau and Parramatta powerhouse Adam Coleman.
With two round 15 matches completed last weekend, a further six teams are in action this Saturday.  The other round 15B matches see Manly attempt to continue their great run into the finals series when they host Northern Suburbs while Warringah's push for a finals place will be boosted by a number of FxPro Super Rugby players, when they take on Randwick at Coogee Oval. It will be the battle of the coaching brothers when Gordon coach John Briggs will look to get one over on brother Matt's Penrith side at Chatswood Oval.
As usual, you can catch all the Shute Shield action on ABC 1 every Saturday afternoon in NSW and the ACT. For interstate viewers, tune in at 4am on Tuesday mornings nationally on ABC 1 for the replay or alternatively you can catch up on ABC Iview.

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(Brackets indicate position on Shute Shield ladder)
PARRAMATTA (6) v WEST HARBOUR (8) at Merrylands RSL Rugby Park (ABC TV game, 3pm)
Parramatta make two changes to the side that was defeated by Warringah in round 14 with halfback Kaleb Rech and winger Dan Yakopo returning to the first grade line up. West Harbour make only one change to the side that defeated Gordon in round 14 with lock Tom Patterson returning to the first grade side.
Parramatta: 1. Nicholas Blacklock, 2. Trent Hosher, 3. Chris Seuteni; 4. Evan Olmstead, 5. Adam Coleman; 6. Andrew Cox [c], 7. Rodney Ma'a, 8. Maile Latukefu; 9. Kaleb Rech, 10. Tom Woods; 11. Dan Yakopo, 12. Damien Fakafanua, 13. Iese Leota, 14. Soseni Anesi, 15. Daley Harper.
West Harbour: 1. Michael Alaalatoa, 2.Reg De Jager, 3. Vaughan Lomax; 4. Alfed Pinomi, 5. Tom Patterson; 6. Tom Games, 7. Tom Andrews, 8. Sione Tau,; 9. Barton Jones, 10. Henry Seavula; 11. Tito Mua, 12. Nua Alone, 13. Rory Sidey, 14. Oleni Ngungutau; 15. Shaun Treweek.
Referee: Andrew Lees
MANLY (2) v NORTHERN SUBURBS (5) at Manly Oval (3pm)
Manly name an unchanged side to that which defeated Sydney University in round 14, while Northern Suburbs make a single change to their starting line up with Peter Schuster getting his maiden first grade start of 2012. Last time the two sides met, Manly recorded a 28-15 victory at the same venue in round four.
Manly: 1. Dane Maraki, 2. Elvis Taione, 3. James Hilterbrand; 4. Ed Gower, 5. Greg Peterson; 6. Cadeyrn Neville, 7. Kotoni Ale, 8. Tevita Metuisela[c]; 9. Chris Cottee, 10. Scott Daruda; 11. Lui Siale, 12. Peter Gilmore, 13. Brian Sefanaia, 14. Richard Hooper; 15. Jacob Woodhouse.
Northern Suburbs: 1. Cruz Ah Nau, 2.Scott Podmore, 3. Nick Lah; 4 Rory Walton, 5. Ben Matwijow; 6. Jordan Smiler, 7. Wil Brame, 8. AJ Gilbert [c]; 9. Dave Hardisty, 10. Dave Harvey; 11. Corey Brown, 12. Chris Tuatara-Morrison, 13. Samu Wara, 14. Peter Schuster; 15. Mitch Walton.
Referee: Angus Gardner
RANDWICK (11) v WARRINGAH (9) at Coogee Oval (3pm)
Randwick make two changes to the side that defeated Penrith in round 14 with flanker Steve Bennie and centre Fina Makamaka returning to the first grade line up. Warringah make five changes to their side that beat Parramatta in round 14, with prop Luke Preston, flanker Pierce Howell and wing Michael Dalton grabbing first grade starts, while Western Force representatives Brett Sheehan and Richard Brown make their first appearance for the Rats in 2012. Last time the two sides met, Warringah won 26-13 in round seven at Pittwater Rugby Park.
Randwick: 1. George Fifita, 2. Nio Halangahu, 3. Lotu Taukeiaho; 4. Bryce Speechley, 5. Lai Vatadroka; 6. David Parsons, 7. Steve Bennie, 8. Peter Samu; 9. Nathan Sievert, 10. Toby Browne; 11. Tom Joseph, 12. Terrence Hepetema, 13. Fina Makamaka, 14. Apaola Tea; 15. Tim Wright.
Warringah: 1. Luke Preston, 2. Luke Holmes, 3. Ray Brown; 4. Ben Adams, 5. Hugh Pyle; 6. Pierce Howell, 7. James Casey, 8. Richard Brown; 9. Brett Sheehan, 10. Hamish Angus [c]; 11. Edward Doyle, 12. Joshua Holmes, 13. Dylan Smouha, 14. Michael Dalton; 15. David Feltscheer.
Referee: Julian Pritchard
GORDON (10) v PENRITH (12) at Chatswood Oval (3:30pm)
Gordon make only one change to the side that lost to West Harbour in round 14 with lock Andrew Chapman coming into the first grade side after performances in second grade. Penrith make two changes to the side that lost to Randwick in round 14, with Paula Katoa coming into the halfback position and Fokolulu Taumalolo coming back into the first grade side at centre. Last time the two sides met it was the Emus who grabbed a solid 32-24 round 10 victory over the Highlanders at Neapean Rugby Park.
Gordon: 1. Hugh Cropley, 2. Ron Hobden, 3. Tobias Gukibau[c]; 4. Roni Scarano, 5. Andrew Chapman; 6. Mark Williams, 7. Mitch Greenway, 8. Mark Johnson; 9. Terry Preston, 10. Chris Burnett; 11. Michael Manner, 12. Tom Hill, 13. Matthew McDougall, 14. Lachlan Mitchell; 15. Will Shirvington.
Penrith: 1. Faitotoa Asa, 2. Kerren Straker, 3 Richard Aho[c]; 4. Dale Shane, 5 Kornelio Burgess; 6. Junior Taavili, 7.Cohen Masson, 8. Jason Peseta; 9. Paula Katoa, 10. Fred Tuua; 11. Tala Mapesone, 12. Fokolulu Taumalolo, 13. Mark Murray, 14. Solomona Silipa; 15. Lelea Paea.
Referee: Daniel Cheever
SRU Premiership Competition » Shute Shield (1st Grade)

Team P W D L F A Df BP 4t BP <7p BP Pts
Team Detail Eastwood 15  13  486  306  180  10  62 
Team Detail Manly 14  12  372  287  85  56 
Team Detail Sydney University 15  10  459  274  185  13  53 
Team Detail Southern Districts 15  486  363  123  15  51 
Team Detail Northern Suburbs 14  305  267  38  39 
Team Detail Parramatta 14  355  378  -23  10  38 
Team Detail Eastern Suburbs 15  371  422  -51  36 
Team Detail West Harbour 14  358  468  -110  31 
Team Detail Warringah 14  323  345  -22  28 
Team Detail Gordon 14  11  278  380  -102  21 
Team Detail Randwick 14  11  301  415  -114  21 
Team Detail Penrith 14  11  251  440  -189  19 
 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






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