Welcome to the Shute Shield Round 13 predictions.
Round 12 was a challenging week for tipsters with Sydney University and Southern Districts both scoring, what were for many, surprise victories over their more fancied rivals, Eastwood and Western Sydney respectively.
Round 13 could also be a tough week for predictions with the top of the table clash between Warringah and Sydney University the standout match.
For those readers able to view 7 Two or access 7 Plus (https://7plus.com.au/shute-shield), the televised game this week is between Eastern Suburbs and Manly.
Eastern Suburbs v Manly at Woollahra Oval
Eastern Suburbs have won only 1 of their past 4 games and as a consequence, they now sit outside the top 6. A win this week, ahead of their Round 14 bye, would give the Beasties a much needed boost. Manly on the other hand, has won 4 in a row and continues to impress. Coach Brian Melrose has instilled a great sense of belief in the Marlins and they have a never-say-die attitude that ensures that they are always a chance to snatch a late win if required. I’m predicting that Manly will run away with this one in the second half.
Hugh’s Prediction: Manly by 10
DrivingMaul Prediction: Manly by 5
Eastwood v Randwick at TG Milner Field
Eastwood entered last week’s match against Sydney University as firm favourites but were well beaten. With no point scoring bye before the finals, the Woodies need to keep winning if they are to challenge for the minor premiership. Randwick scored a confidence boosting 51 points in their Round 12 win over West Harbour and will be looking to once again show the attacking flair that the Galloping Greens are famous for. I think that Randwick will provide a stern test for Eastwood but the Woodies should prevail at home.
Hugh’s Prediction: Eastwood by 8
DrivingMaul Prediction: Eastwood by 5
Northern Suburbs v Western Sydney at North Sydney Oval
Northern Suburbs have conceded nearly 80 points in their last 2 games, including 40 against Manly in last week’s 9 point loss. Meanwhile, the Western Sydney Two Blues were comprehensively beaten last week by a Southern Districts team whose previous win came way back in mid-April. Although the Shoremen’s recent form has been patchy, I’m predicting a convincing win for them at home.
Hugh’s Prediction: Northern Suburbs by 23
DrivingMaul Prediction: Northern Suburbs by 20
Southern Districts v Gordon at Forshaw Rugby Park
Southern Districts had lost 8 consecutive games prior to last week’s win over the Western Sydney Two Blues. Remarkably, the Rebels are still a chance to play finals footy and will be keen to create some momentum with a win over Gordon. The Highlanders opened their season against Souths in Round 2 at Chatswood following their Round 1 bye. Gordon lost by 4 points on that occasion but have come a long way under Darren Coleman’s coaching. Once again the Highlanders are fresh off the bye and I think they’ll be too good for the Rebels under the power lines at Forshaw.
Hugh’s Prediction: Gordon by 9
DrivingMaul Prediction: Gordon by 3
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Warringah v Sydney University at Pittwater Rugby Park
Much has changed since Sydney University humiliated Warringah by a score of 50-0 in their Round 3 Good Friday clash. The Rats enter this week’s match having won 8 in a row and sitting on top of the ladder while the Students are in second place with by far the best point differential in the competition. This could well be a grand final preview and I expect the Warringah Hillbillies to turn out in force to provide their trademark vocal support from the hill on the eastern side of Rat Park. Despite that, I’m tipping Uni to score a hard fought win.
Hugh’s Prediction: Sydney University by 5
DrivingMaul Prediction: Warringah by 5
Bye: West Harbour
Hugh: 36 from 60
DrivingMaul: 35 from 60
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