Welcome to the Shute Shield Round 11 predictions.
This week’s 7 Two television game is Northern Suburbs v Southern Districts. It can also be viewed online through 7 Plus at https://7plus.com.au/shute-shield. Replays of most other games are available via the Clutch TV app.
Eastern Suburbs v Penrith at Woollahra Oval
Eastern Suburbs continued their charge towards the finals with a 22-5 win over Manly last week while Penrith were well beaten by Eastwood at TG Milner. The Beasties haven’t lost a game since round 4 and are one of the form teams of the competition. They should be too good for the Emus here.
Prediction: Eastern Suburbs by 31
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Gordon v Sydney University at Chatswood Oval
The high-flying Highlanders were handed their first loss by Northern Suburbs in the big North Shore derby last week. Sydney University also lost their round 10 match, going down to a much-improved Randwick side by 42-24. Both Gordon and Uni looked somewhat out of sorts last week and with only 3 rounds to play, will be looking to bounce back strongly. The Students are in a precarious position and have plenty to play for but I’m predicting a narrow Gordon victory.
Prediction: Gordon by 5
West Harbour v Western Sydney Two Blues at Taplin Oval
West Harbour will be well rested after their round 10 bye while the Two Blues lost their eighth game of the season, going down to Warringah by 43 points. Both teams have shown plenty of promise but the Pirates have been more consistent, especially against the top teams. I think that, along with the rest last week, gives them the edge in what should be an entertaining game.
Prediction: West Harbour by 15
NHRU Wildfires v Warringah at Newcastle Sports Ground No. 2
The Wildfires competed strongly in most facets against Southern Districts but fell victim to the Rebels’ powerhouse scrum, losing 49-24. Warringah gave their home fans something to cheer about, recording their first win in nearly a month, disposing of the Two Blues 58-15. The Wildfires are a big chance of an upset win, especially at home, but I’m sticking with Warringah.
Prediction: Warringah by 16
Northern Suburbs v Southern Districts at Pittwater Rugby Park
Northern Suburbs cemented second spot on the ladder with their impressive 11-point win over the previously undefeated Gordon while Southern Districts sit 1 point outside the top 6 after their win over the NHRU Wildfires. The Shoremen will have a tough task repeating last week’s performance and the Rebels have an excellent away record this season. Despite this, I think that Norths’ momentum will continue this week and they will get the win.
Prediction: Northern Suburbs by 10
Randwick v Manly at Coogee Oval
Randwick turned around a horror month with what can only be described as a magnificent win over traditional rivals, Sydney University. Manly were competitive against Easts but in the end made too many errors. If Randwick can play like they did last week then they will be too good for the Marlins.
Prediction: Randwick by 17
Round 10 Results
|Eastwood v Penrith||Eastwood by 34||Eastwood 47-14|
|Gordon v Northern Suburbs||Gordon by 5||Northern Suburbs 24-13|
|Manly v Eastern Suburbs||Eastern Suburbs by 14||Eastern Suburbs 22-5|
|Southern Districts v NHRU Wildfires||Southern Districts by 12||Southern Districts 49-24|
|Sydney University v Randwick||Sydney University by 10||Randwick 42-24|
|Warringah v Western Sydney Two Blues||Warringah by 22||Warringah 58-15|
|West Harbour – Bye|
45 out of 60 or 75%, 4 from 6 an average round of picks.