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    Tooheys New Shute Shield Final


    Beasts aim to break 38-year drought

    Jamie Pandaram
    Saturday, July 28, 2007


    A squad of 22 men today will carve out their own piece of history when they win the Shute Shield grand final. It will be a victory likely to gain importance as the years pass, etched in the memories of those who stand tallest at the end of the last 80 minutes of the season.

    Men like Steve Bartrop can attest to that. Bartrop, the president of Eastern Suburbs Rugby Club, first played for the club, in second grade, in 1969 - the year Easts won the first-, second- and third-grade premierships. The club has not won the first grade title since.

    Thirty-eight years on, and Bartrop is certain that the drought will end this afternoon at the Sydney Football Stadium against tournament behemoth Sydney University.

    "I always said that we would beat Uni once this year, and it hasn't happened yet, so everything is on track," Bartrop said.

    So far this season, University has defeated Easts 16-11 in round 11 and 22-6 in the qualifying final. A third win would seal their third straight title.

    The envy of all the other clubs, University's roster consists of those who have made the big time and those who eventually will. Sitting on their bench today will be Wallabies World Cup shadow squad member Al Campbell and Australia A star Jone Tawake.

    If rivals feel the Students strut around like they own the crown, they're probably right. After all, it was University who donated the Shute Shield to the NSW Rugby Union in 1923, having created it in honour of one of their own.

    Robert Elliott Shute, a prop for University's first XV, died on the field playing for NSW on June 6, 1922. Shute was 23 at the time, and had served as an infantryman in the 30th Battery AIF during World War I.

    Before they run out for battle today, the club's modern-day soldiers may be reminded of that historical link. But University's general manager, Ray Dearlove, said talk of ownership of the title was inaccurate. "We would like to say we feel some ownership over it but that would be presumptuous. The players approach this with a fair degree of humility," Dearlove said.

    "For us, this game is huge. The fact that we have been there the last couple of years is nice, but totally irrelevant when the whistle blows.

    "It's 10 years since Sydney Uni was almost relegated to the second division. There was an awful lot of work done in the back office to ensure that didn't happen."

    The match will feature some interesting duels that, collectively, will decide the outcome. First, University's risky decision to hand young Fijian prop Jerry Yanuyanutawa a first-grade debut in the grand final - against hardened Beasts veteran Heamani Levaka - will be either a masterstroke or an error in judgement.

    Easts' scrum dominated University's in both their games this year despite deficiencies in other areas of their game. Breakaway David Dennis played one of his finest matches for the Students a fortnight ago, and his encounter against representative star Adam Wallace-Harrison will be a highlight, as will the battle between the two No.8s and captains, Tim Davidson and Tom Egan.

    At halfback, the super quick Luke Burgess has shredded all opposition defences this season, while his University counterpart, Nick Haydon, has been a consistently solid performer.

    At the back, Easts' attacking dangerman Gavin Debartolo - as difficult to read as a doctor's scribble - lines up against experienced star Daniel Halangahu.

    "I think our defence is probably the key," Davidson said. "We need to stop their momentum players, guys like Burgess and Debartolo, with our defence, not allow them to gain any ascendancy."

    Easts have relied on a mighty scrum and attacking flair this year, and they have shown tremendous spirit to forge a successful season on the back of strong personal relationships between all the players.

    "This is the best starting 15 I have seen us put out for 20 or 30 years," Bartrop said. "We have always been competitive, and had highlights."

    One of those highlights was Easts' Shute Shield victory in 2003 - when the competition was a secondary title to the Tooheys New Cup. But now that the Shute Shield is the sole premier club competition, that win four seasons ago would pale in comparison to a triumph today.

    Captains Share Their Thoughts on Grand Final Eve

    Friday, 27 July 2007
    NSWRU Media Unit


    Tooheys New Shute Shield captains Tim Davidson and Tom Egan have opened up ahead of Saturday's Grand Final at the Sydney Football Stadium.


    The two number eights agree that opportunities will be few and far between as 2007's top two sides do battle for the time honoured Shute Shield trophy.

    Uni captain Davidson, who has led the Students to victory in the last two Premier Rugby Grand Finals and also to two wins over the Beasts this season, says living in the moment and not past glories will help his side on Saturday.

    "Who won what during the season means nothing," Davidson said.

    "Grand Finals come down to who makes the most of their opportunities on the day.

    "There's not too much between the two teams, both have excellent defences and whoever takes the opportunities the best will win."

    Easts skipper Egan - himself a former Sydney University Grand Final winner - said his side is primed for the battle ahead after last weekend's 41-12 preliminary final demolition of Warringah.

    "For a team like us this means everything," said Egan, who will lead the club in its attempt to win its first First Grade Grand Final since 1969.

    "We always said coming into the finals that we needed a good 80 minute performance on the board and we got that against Warringah.

    "We just went back to basics and did what we've been doing week in week out, which is essentially what we'll be doing again this week.

    "We played pretty badly the weekend before so it was important to hit back and do it well."

    Davidson says while there is benefit to be gained from analysing their opponents, the Students have instead shifted their focus inwards since victory in the qualifying final a fortnight ago.

    "We've been trying to focus on getting our game right rather than watching the opposition too much," Davidson said.

    "That said they've got a number of dangerous players that we'll have to keep a close eye on.

    "Luke Burgess has been in outstanding form and Gavin Debartolo can break a game wide open at any time.

    "With that kind of unpredictability in the backline, you don't know what to expect until it happens.

    "If we look after our game plan and execution the rest will fall into place."

    Despite the undoubted class in their backline, Easts will once again look to their powerful forward pack as one way of laying the platform for victory.

    Egan says one of the Beasts great strengths is their tight five, particularly in the front row.

    "We're pretty lucky in that respect, we've got four or five blokes who can play prop in first grade," he said.

    "That kind of depth, coupled with the experience of Heamani (Levaka) at tighthead, puts us on a great position."

    Davidson said Uni's ability to work their way out of sticky situations - such as those encountered against Easts and Randwick in the round matches, where the Students fought back from early deficits - would be a confidence booster on Saturday.

    "We've got a young side and it's good for the younger guys to know that sticking to a game plan no matter what has its rewards," he said.

    "Finals games are tight and a grind and if you know that you can stick it out it certainly gives you confidence."

    For Egan, the key to victory is simple.

    "If you make a mistake against a team like Uni you know you're going to pay dearly," he said.

    "We made two or three mistakes against them in the qualifying final and they scored off each.

    "This game will be won and lost in the last ten - whoever makes the most mistakes will lose."

    Students & Beasties Name Their Grand Final Sides

    Thursday, 26 July 2007
    NSWRU Media Unit


    Sydney University and Eastern Suburbs have finalised their squads ahead of Saturday's Tooheys New Shute Shield Grand Final at the Sydney Football Stadium.

    The Students have provided the shock selection ahead of match day, naming first grade debutant Jerry Yanuyanutawa at loose head prop.

    Yanuyanutawa has the unenviable task of taking on Easts giant and former Tongan representative Heamani Levaka, who has been at his damaging best for the Beasts on their march to the Grand Final.

    But it will be the battle of the backlines that could prove the key to victory, with both back divisions in top form.

    For Uni, wings Peter Playford and Alfi Mafi can finish with the best of them while centres Tom Carter and Lachlan Mitchell have the requisite pace and bulk to cause headaches.

    Easts however will be more than up to the task, with the tough tackling form of former Australian U19 captain Anthony Faingaa marking up on Carter while scrumhalf Luke Burgess, fullback Gavin Debartolo, and wings Junior Puroku and Anton La Vin all impressing over the course of the season.

    The Students hold the upper hand coming into the match, having won both encounters against the Beasties this season, however the manner of Easts victory over Warringah last weekend will no doubt have Uni looking over its shoulder.

    The 41-12 victory was as emphatic as it was brutal, with Easts running in 34 points before the Rats got on the board.

    The eventual six tries to two win was just the boost Easts needed after their disappointing 22-6 qualifying final loss to the Students two weeks ago.

    The Tooheys New Shute Shield Grand Final will kick off at 3.10pm on Saturday, with live coverage on ABC TV starting at 3pm.

    The match will be preceded by the Tooheys New Plate decider between Manly and Gordon, kicking off at 12.45pm.

    Meantime, a number of events are planned for the Moore Park area on Grand Final day.

    Fans are asked to take public transport where possible, with traffic expected to be heavy after the match due to the Sydney Swans v Richmond match taking place at the SCG on Saturday night.

    Also, there is expected to be traffic across the day with the annual Sexpo exhibition being held at the Entertainment Quarter. (Now we know where Happy has really gone )

    TOOHEYS NEW SHUTE SHIELD GRAND FINAL & PLATE FINAL TEAMS

    Sydney Football Stadium, Saturday 28 July, 2007

    TOOHEYS NEW SHUTE SHIELD FINAL

    SYDNEY UNIVERSITY v EASTERN SUBURBS (ABC TV GAME), 3.10pm

    SYDNEY UNIVERSITY:


    1. Jerry Yanuyanutawa
    2. Daniel Lewinski
    3. Laurie Weeks
    4. Dean Mumm S14
    5. Will Caldwell S14
    6. David Dennis S14
    7. David Haydon
    8. Tim Davidson (C) S14

    9. Nick Haydon
    10. Dan Kelly
    11. Peter Playford S14
    12. Tom Carter S14
    13. Lachlan Mitchell
    14. Alfi Mafi S14 Squad
    15. Daniel Halangahu S14

    EASTERN SUBURBS:

    1. Aaron Tawera
    2. Saia Faingaa S14
    3. Heamani Levaka
    4. Matt McGann
    5. Adam Byrnes
    6. Adam Wallace-Harrison S14 (WA)
    7. Richard Stanford S14
    8. Tom Egan (C)

    9. Luke Burgess S14
    10. Trevor Byles
    11. Anton La Vin
    12. Anthony Faingaa S14
    13. Tom Azar
    14. Junior Puroku
    15. Gavin Debartolo Ex S14

    Referee: Ian Smith

    TOOHEYS NEW PLATE FINAL

    MANLY v GORDON, 12.45pm

    MANLY:


    1. Reuben Bijl
    2. Josh Mann-Rea
    3. James Lakepa
    4. Adam Smith
    5. Bruce Rauqe
    6. Heath Kiely
    7. Chris Cottee
    8. Marlon Solofuti

    9. Josh Valentine S14
    10. Dave Collis (Those in the know, is this the WA David Collis?)
    11. Lupeni Siale
    12. Sam Harris S14
    13. Chris Siale S14
    14. Luke Johnson
    15. Peter Hewat S14

    GORDON:

    1. Ofa Fainga'anuku
    2. Alex Gluth
    3. Michael Schmidt
    4. Tom Games
    5. Ed Gower
    6. Viliame Ratu
    7. Craig Thomas
    8. Vili Napa'a

    9. Vinnie Byrne
    10. Dave Harvey
    11. Greg Wade
    12. Billy Rainima
    13. Josh Whittaker
    14. Donny Nepia
    15. Mark Preston

    Referee: Nathan Pearce

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    Sydney University have overcome a slow start, giving Easts an eleven point headstart, to win their third consecutive Shute Shield Premiership title.
    A Halangahu converted try just short of the break saw the Students head into the sheds trailing 7-11 however, a fine display in the first five minutes of the second half saw them ease ahead and it was all down hill for the Beasts.
    The final score of 34-11 was a true reflection of the second half but full credit to a willing Easts who saw the match out with some ferocious tackling, especially from Inside Centre Anthony Faingaa.
    Better players for Uni were Daniel Halangahu, Tim Davidson, Nick Haydon and the exciting Alfi Mafi.
    Easts players able to hold their heads high were Luke Burgess, Anthony Faingaa, Saia Faingaa and the "Campesesque" Gavin Debartolo!
    Earlier in some what of an upset little known underdogs took out the Plate Final 28-20 against a strong Manly.
    Will update with scorers etc when they come to hand.

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    Sydney University 34, Eastern Suburbs 11 :: Full Time in the Tooheys New Shute Shield Grand Final

    Saturday, 28 July 2007
    NSWRU Media Unit


    Sydney University has claimed the Tooheys New Shute Shield with a 34-11 defeat of Eastern Suburbs in the Grand Final at the Sydney Football Stadium.

    The Students fought their way back from 11-nil down to secure their third straight premier Rugby title in emphatic fashion, finishing with five tries to one.

    Daniel Halangahu was outstanding, scoring two tries to claim his second consecutive man of the match award in a Grand Final.

    A full match report will follow shortly.

    TOOHEYS NEW SHUTE SHIELD GRAND FINAL

    SYDNEY UNIVERSITY 34

    Tries:
    Daniel Halangahu 2, Tim Davidson, Nick Haydon, Alfi Mafi

    Conversions: Daniel Halangahu 3

    Penalty Goals: Daniel Halangahu 1

    EASTERN SUBURBS 11

    Tries:
    Junior Puroku

    Penalty Goals: Anthony Faingaa 2

    At the Sydney Football Stadium

    Half Time: Eastern Suburbs 11-7

    Referee: Ian Smith (IMHO he did a great job and will hopefully be seen in the ARC regularly!)

    Yellow Cards: David Dennis (Uni); Sia'a Faingaa (Easts); Dan Lewinski (Uni)

    Man of the Match: Daniel Halangahu (Sydney University)


    TOOHEYS NEW PLATE FINAL

    GORDON 28


    Tries: Josh Whittaker, Billy Ratu, Mark Preston, Greg Wade

    Conversions: David Harvey 1

    Penalty Goals: David Harvey 2

    MANLY 20

    Tries: David Collis, Peter Hewat, Bruce Rauqe

    Conversions: Peter Hewat 1

    Penalty Goals: Peter Hewat 1

    At the Sydney Football Stadium

    Half Time: Gordon 16-8

    Referee: Nathan Pearce

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgs
    10. Dave Collis (Those in the know, is this the WA David Collis?)
    Yes. In 2002 he played for Associates and Perth Gold then went off to Brisbane and hooked up with Brothers.
    He played with Todd Feather who had been with Cottesloe before he was plucked out of obscurity by the Reds into Super 14 stardom. He début scoring a try and conversion against his brothers first Province Cameron Feather........stop 8 stop.

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    He is also chalked in to play ARC with the Ballymore Tornadoes.

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    Highlanders' fling foils Hewat's plans for farewell party

    Daniel Ramus
    Sunday, July 29, 2007


    DAYS after severing his ties with the Waratahs, Peter Hewat did his best to finish with Manly on a winning note yesterday - but it wasn't enough.

    Hewat scored a try, kicked a conversion and penalty goal in an exciting game, but Gordon triumphed at Sydney Football Stadium on the back of four tries.

    With all eyes on England-bound Hewat, the Highlanders came from behind to steal victory.

    The plate was contested by teams that did not make the final six of the Shute Shield competition.

    "We started well … I thought we had a fair bit of structure about our play and then got a bit loose towards the end of the first half," Hewat said.

    While he will play for the Central Coast Rays in the Australian Provincial Competition, Hewat is preparing for a stint in England with London Irish.

    The classy fullback said he made the move - believed to be worth $1.4 million over three years - because he'd gone as far as he thought was possible in Australia. "I've spoken to [Waratahs coach] Ewen McKenzie and they are all about producing Wallabies," the 29-year-old said.

    "I have to look at it as a business decision, and I'm also looking for a lifestyle change."

    Gordon took control in the final 20 minutes and winger Greg Wade clinched victory with a try four minutes from full-time.

    GORDON 28
    Tries: J Whittaker, B Ratu, M Preston, G Wade
    Conversions: D Harvey 1
    Penalties: D Harvey 2

    MANLY 20
    Tries: D Collis, P Hewat, B Rauqe
    Conversions: P Hewat 1
    Penalties: P Hewat 1

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