While the opening 2 rounds of the Shute Shield were notable for the abundance of high scores and large winning margins, round 3 saw 5 out of the 6 games decided by less than 10 points. The highlight of the round for many was the breakthrough victory for the Penrith Emus over their local rivals, the Western Sydney Two Blues. The Emus’ last win cam way back in 2014.
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Penrith v Sydney University at Nepean Rugby Park
Unfortunately for the Emus, I can’t see them overcoming the table topping Sydney University. The Students have too much firepower and should win comfortably.
Prediction: Sydney University by 42
Eastern Suburbs v Eastwood at Woollahra Oval
This will be one of the matches of the round with both teams currently sitting at 2-1. With Waratahs Tane Edmed and Mark Nawaqanitawase back for the Woods, I’m tipping them to bounce back after their nail-biting loss to the Students in Mudgee last week.
Prediction: Eastwood by 7
Hunter Wildfires v Randwick at Newcastle Sports Ground No. 2
This looks to be a danger game for Randwick, who face a long trip up the M1 to take on a Wildfires outfit who are still desperately seeking their first win. If the Wicks can combat the Wildfires’ big men they should be able to come away with the 4 points.
Prediction: Randwick by 14
Northern Suburbs v Southern Districts at North Sydney Oval
Northern Suburbs were very impressive in their win in the North Shore derby last week while Souths got their first win of the season over Warringah after close losses in the opening 2 rounds. I think that this will be a very hard-fought game but I’m taking the Shoremen at home.
Prediction: Northern Suburbs by 10
Warringah v West Harbour at Pittwater Rugby Park
Warringah will be keen to recapture the impressive form that they showed in their opening game while the Pirates will be full of confidence after their win last week. The Rats are always hard to beat at home and I think they’ll bounce back after last week’s loss to Souths.
Prediction: Warringah by 12
Manly v Western Sydney at Manly Oval
Manly had a confidence boosting win against Easts at Woollahra before last week’s bye. They should be too good for the Two Blues, who now sit on the bottom of the table after their third successive loss of the season against Penrith last week.
Prediction: Manly by 21
Round 3 Results
|Randwick v Eastern Suburbs||Eastern Suburbs by 12||Eastern Suburbs 31-22|
|Southern Districts v Warringah||Warringah by 7||Southern Districts 31-25|
|West Harbour v Hunter Wildfires||Hunter by 8||West Harbour 15-9|
|Western Sydney Two Blues v Penrith||Two Blues by 14||Penrith 11-7|
|Sydney University v Eastwood||Sydney University by 3||Sydney University 49-44|
|Northern Suburbs v Gordon||Northern Suburbs by 1||Northern Suburbs 33-17|
|Manly – Bye|
So far Hugh is 13 From 18 or 72%, Round 3 didn’t go to plan!