Welcome to the Shute Shield Round 7 predictions. Last week saw one of the closest rounds in recent memory with a total of just 16 points separating the 10 teams. Although it was a good round for spectators, it was a tough round for tipsters with this so called “expert” getting 0/5.
Don’t worry Hugh it happens to the best of us 🙂
Gordon v Eastwood at Chatswood Oval
The match of the round this week is Gordon v Eastwood. Gordon will be disappointed with last week’s 23 all draw with West Harbour, especially after giving up a 17-0 lead. Coach Darren Coleman said after the game that his team may have showed some complacency that, along with some excellent goal kicking from the Pirates, contributed to the final result. The Highlanders return to Chatswood this week to take on Eastwood, who are still leading the competition despite last week’s 2 point loss to Eastern Suburbs. The Woodies will also be unsatisfied with their round 6 performance and will be looking to tighten up their defence after leaking 19 unanswered points against the Beasties. I think that Gordon are capable of an upset but Eastwood’s class and experience is more likely to be the difference.
Hugh’s Prediction: Eastwood by 8
DrivingMaul Prediction: Eastwood by 10
Randwick v Manly at Coogee Oval
Randwick and Manly have had many memorable encounters over the years, with arguably the most famous clash, according to Manly fans at least, being Manly’s triumph in the 1983 Grand Final when they beat a star studded Randwick side that included the famous Ella brothers. Times have certainly changed since then, with Randwick finding it difficult to emulate the great dynasty that they experienced in the amateur era. The Wicks are coming off a 35-27 loss to an injury ravaged Warringah and currently sit second last on the ladder. Manly will be fresh after their bye last week and will be looking to continue their winning form after beating Southern Districts in their last start. I’m predicting a narrow Marlins victory.
Hugh’s Prediction: Manly by 5
DrivingMaul Prediction: Manly by 3
Sydney University v West Harbour at Sydney University Football Ground
Sydney University got their season back on track last week with a hard fought 5 point win over Northern Suburbs at North Sydney Oval. The Students’ powerful scrum was a feature of their game and they’ll be looking to exploit any potential weakness in the West Harbour pack this week. West Harbour will no doubt be on a high after their come from behind draw against Gordon last week. Wearing their retro Western Suburbs jerseys, the Pirates showed great character to snatch a draw with a sideline conversion by replacement goal kicker Noah Cooper. West Harbour will be a formidable opponent but it’s hard to see them beating Uni at Uni.
Hugh’s Prediction: Sydney University by 9
DrivingMaul Prediction: Sydney University by 7
Warringah v Southern Districts at Rat Park
Warringah were justifiably proud of their win over Randwick last week. The Rats were missing a significant number of players yet were still able to put in a great defensive effort and secure a much needed and morale boosting victory. Southern Districts became the Western Sydney Two Blues’ first victim of 2019 when they went down by 1 point last week. An away game against Warringah will be a stern test for the Rebels, who need a win if they are to stay in the top 4. I’m predicting Warringah to be too good at home.
Hugh’s Prediction: Warringah by 4
DrivingMaul Prediction: Warringah by 3
Western Sydney v Northern Suburbs at Lidcome Oval
The Western Sydney Two Blues surprised many with their maiden victory last week when they snatched victory in a 1 point thriller against Southern Districts. The boys from Parramatta would have celebrated long and hard after overcoming a 9 point deficit with just 4 minutes left on the clock, despite only having 14 players on the field. Northern Suburbs are currently sitting 4th on the competition table after their loss to Sydney University last week. The Shoremen gave up the opening 3 tries last week so will be looking to start strongly against what is sure to be a very enthusiastic Two Blues team. I’m predicting that Northern Suburbs will be too strong this week.
Hugh’s Prediction: Northern Suburbs by 12
DrivingMaul Prediction: Northern Suburbs by 10
Bye: Eastern Suburbs
Hugh: 13 from 30
DrivingMaul: 14 from 30
We have gone for the same picks this week so the gap is going to stay at 1 game. The only question is if we both do well or not 🙂
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