Welcome to the Shute Shield Round 6 predictions.
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Randwick v Gordon at Coogee Oval
Randwick returns home to Coogee after their bye in round 5. They will be taking on the defending premiers, Gordon. Last week, the Highlanders snatched victory over Southern Districts following a try by scrumhalf Jacob Abel in the 86th minute. Gordon has been less than convincing in their last 2 outings and will need to be at or near their best to beat a Randwick side who need to string some wins together to cement a place in the top 6. Injuries and representative commitments continue to plague the Highlanders with Navarre Lokotui, who started the season playing fullback in second grade, the new number 10. Despite that, I’m still predicting another narrow win for the Gordon on the back of what I think is a superior forward pack.
Prediction: Gordon by 6
Eastern Suburbs v Sydney University at Woollahra Oval
Fresh off their big win over the Two Blues in Orange, Easts return to the artificial turn at Woollahra for the fourth time this season to take on Sydney University. The Students retained top spot on the ladder and their unbeaten record with a dominant 48-13 win over Manly. The Beasties, who were once again one of the preseason favourites, have been a touch inconsistent over the opening 5 rounds which is why I’m tipping the Students.
Prediction: Sydney University by 10
Northern Suburbs v Eastwood at North Sydney Oval
Northern Suburbs also remain undefeated after emerging victorious in an enthralling battle with West Harbour at Drummoyne Oval last week. Speedster James Turner impressed against his former club and has been rewarded with a Waratahs call up, rendering him unavailable for this week’s match. Eastwood suffered another close loss in round 5, going down to Warringah in a boil over at TG Milner. The Woodies dominated the statistics but still lost by 3 points after leaking 40 points to the Rats. Eastwood will also field different side to last week thanks to backrower Michael Icely’s selection in the Melbourne Rebels Trans-Tasman Super Rugby Squad. There is no doubt that Eastwood has the potential to beat the Shoremen on their home turf but I think that their defence may struggle to contain the potent Norths’ backline.
Prediction: Northern Suburbs by 3
Warringah v Penrith at Pittwater Rugby Park
Warringah scored the upset of the round last week with their 40-37 away win over the more fancied Eastwood. Skipper Ben Marr and backrower Rory Suttor were standouts for the Rats, who are now 3 from 4 and fourth on the ladder. As predicted, Penrith found the trip up to Newcastle a challenge and we were never in the contest against the Wildfires. Winning at Rat Park is never easy either, especially when Warringah is in form. This game has special significance for both clubs, as Penrith were the first club to play Warringah after the tragic death of their much-loved lower grader, Lachlan Ward. The Rats won the game but the Emus won plenty of admirers after their conduct both on and off the field.
Prediction: Warringah by 54
Southern Districts v Hunter Wildfires at Forshaw Rugby Park
Southern Districts suffered yet another close loss last week, this time going down to Gordon by 3 points after conceding a try in the 86th minute. The Rebels currently sit in tenth position and although they have had a tough draw, they are in danger of losing touch with the top 6. After a somewhat disappointing opening 5 rounds, the Wildfires finally broke through for their maiden victory in season 2021 with a resounding 75-point win over Penrith. This week the Wildfires face what is arguably the longest road trip in the competition as they travel from Newcastle down to the southern outskirts of Sydney and Forshaw Rugby Park in Sylvania. Although the Wildfires are obviously improving, the Rebels will be desperate and will be viewing this as a must win game.
Prediction: Southern Districts by 22
Manly v West Harbour at Manly Oval
Manly continued their up and down season with a heavy loss to University, which follows wins over the Two Blues and Easts and a huge defeat to Gordon in the opening round. Confidence should be high at West Harbour, after the Pirates gave the second placed Northern Suburbs a scare before eventually losing by a single converted try. I think that there is a genuine chance of an ambush by the Pirates here but if Manly plays to their potential, then they should win by a narrow margin.
Prediction: Manly by 5
Bye: Western Sydney Two Blues
Round 5 Results
|Gordon v Southern Districts||Gordon by 5||Gordon 26-23|
|Eastern Suburbs v Two Blues||Eastern Suburbs by 18||Eastern Suburbs 50-8|
|West Harbour v Northern Suburbs||Northern Suburbs by 24||Northern Suburbs 22-15|
|Eastwood v Warringah||Eastwood by 14||Warringah 40-37|
|Hunter Wildfires v Penrith||Hunter Wildfires by 18||Hunter Wildfires 86-10|
|Sydney University v Manly||Sydney University by 15||Sydney University 48-13|
|Randwick – Bye|
So far Hugh is 24 From 30 or 80%, just teh 1 wrong last weekend as Hugh continues his good picking form