Shute Shield 2020 Week 1 Finals predictions

Our Shute Shield expert Hugh takes you through the games and let you know how things are going to pan out.

Welcome to the Shute Shield Week 1 Finals predictions. 

Congratulations to Gordon, who last week became the first club other than Sydney University to win the Club Championship since 2004. 

As minor premiers, Gordon have secured a second chance while the two lowest ranked losers will be knocked out.

This week’s 7 Two television game is Eastern Suburbs v Eastwood on Sunday. It can also be viewed online through 7 Plus at  Northern Suburbs v Sydney University and Gordon v Randwick are being played on Saturday and will be live streamed by Cluch TV. 

Northern Suburbs v Sydney University at Pittwater Rugby Park

Northern Suburbs ended their regular season with a 26-14 loss to Warringah, who were farewelling 4 of their stalwarts in Sam Ward, Josh Holmes, Dave Feltscheer and Robert Kelly. Sydney University were tested early by the Western Sydney Two Blues before running away with the game in the second half and recording a 72-24 victory. 

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Norths were one of the form teams during the middle rounds of the competition but have begun to look slightly fragile over the past few weeks as they recorded consecutive losses. Meanwhile, University has been building nicely and I think they will be too good for the Shoremen. However, after finishing third on the ladder they should still qualify for next week’s semi-finals.

Prediction: Sydney University by 8

Gordon v Randwick at Pittwater Rugby Park

Gordon finished the regular season on a high, defeating Eastwood at TG Milner to secure their first Club Championship title since 1998. Randwick on the other hand, were handed a crushing 81-24 loss by their local rivals, Eastern Suburbs. The loss relegated the Wicks to sixth position, meaning that they must win this week to progress to the semi-finals.

Gordon remains one of the competition favourites but will be without key forward Mahe Vailanu, who will sit out this week after a head knock against Eastwood. Randwick have been brilliant at times and they will need to be at their absolute best to challenge the Highlanders, but their inconsistency is too hard to ignore.

Prediction: Gordon by 15

Eastern Suburbs v Eastwood at Pittwater Rugby Park

Eastern Suburbs set tongues wagging when they recorded their eighth consecutive win last week, with an 81-24 win over Randwick in the Battle of the East. Their finals opponents, Eastwood, dropped from third to fifth with their 5-point loss to minor premiers Gordon. This means that this game is sudden death for Eastwood.

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Easts’ recent form has seen them move from outside the top 6 to genuine premiership contender. If the Woodies can play the full 80 minutes then they are capable of an upset but I’m sticking with the Beasties.

Prediction: Eastern Suburbs by 7

Round 13 Results

Eastern Suburbs v RandwickEastern Suburbs by 5Eastern Suburbs 81-24
Eastwood v GordonGordon by 10Gordon 29-24
Western Sydney Two Blues v Sydney UniversitySydney University by 32Sydney University 72-24
Penrith v NHRU WildfiresNHRU Wildfires by 15NHRU Wildfires 51-14
Warringah v Northern SuburbsNorthern Suburbs by 12Warringah 26-14
West Harbour v Southern DistrictsWest Harbour by 7Draw 45-45
Manly – Bye

55 out of 67 or 82%, a draw didn’t help this round.

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