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The win - which was achieved on the back of a 43-point second half - was the Students' 40th consecutive victory at home, keeping the Sir Roden Cutler Shield on campus.
Manly remain in second following their victory over Northern Suburbs, Eastwood lifted to fourth after overcoming Northern Suburbs and a Dave Harvey drop goal earned Gordon a one-point victory over Easts which saw them leapfrog their opponents on the competition ladder.
Warringah and West Harbour scored big wins over Penrith and Parramatta respectively to close in on the top six with four rounds of the competition remaining.
Tooheys New Shute Shield - Round 18 Scores
Sydney University 55 d Randwick 22 at University Oval No.1
Manly 22 d Northern Suburbs 6 at Manly Oval
Eastwood 51 d Southern Districts 14 at T.G. Millner Field
Warringah 83 d Penrith 5 at St Marys Leagues Stadium
West Harbour 48 d Parramatta 20 at Granville Park
Gordon 22 d Eastern Suburbs 21 at Chatswood Oval
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Sydney University v Randwick at University Oval No.1
A 43-point second half from Sydney University has delivered the four-time defending champions a 55-22 victory over Randwick at University Oval No.1.
While Randwick may have gained some revenge for their 2008 Grand Final defeat with victory in round seven, Uni wrested back the advantage with a comprehensive display which saw the Students run in six second half tries including a hat-trick to Nathan Trist.
The Students taught a lesson of their own in turning opportunity into points, with four of their eight tries directly eventuating from Randwick mistakes.
The visitors opened the scoring on the back of a rare tighthead scrum win, with the ball spread quickly to Tim Wright who used good speed and evasive skills to cut back and score under the posts in just the fourth minute.
Daniel Halangahu laid on the Students first try in the 23rd minute when he put Tim Davidson into a gap at close range, with the conversion tying up the game.
Less than a minute after the restart Dave Parsons juggled a ball which was intercepted by Davidson and offloaded to Tom Carter for a 45m run to the line. Halangahu missed the conversion leaving the margin at five.
As the clock wound down before half-time, Marshall Milroy piloted a penalty from in front to close the gap to two, which is how the teams went to the break.
However the narrow margin was short-lived upon resumption when confusion at the back for Randwick resulted in Pat McCutcheon enjoying an open run to the line after just 40 seconds of play. Halangahu converted and kicked another penalty soon after for a 22-10 lead.
Another try against the run of play followed in the 50th minute when Dave Dennis intercepted near halfway and streaked away to score untouched to earn the bonus point.
Milroy showed a piece of individual brilliance to step and accelerate through the line, crossing 15m in from touch but failing with his conversion attempt.
The points kept coming, and again the Students capitalised on a Randwick mistake when Tony Luxford juggled a high ball into the arms of Nathan Trist who ran 20m to score. Halangahu's conversion took the score to 36-15, and 29 points had been scored in the first 17 minutes of the second half.
Jacob Taylor was next to cross for the Students after outpacing Dave Dillon from his own grubber kick, neatly regathering to score in the left corner.
Trist crossed for his second try of the match with less than ten minutes left on the clock after backing up another line break from Uni captain Davidson. Halangahu's conversion stretched the lead to 48-15.
Randwick kept trying in hope of a bonus point and Tim Walsh scored five minutes from full-time with an individual try under the posts, however the only remaining touchdown went to Trist who scored his hat-trick to take his season tally to 19 tries.
Sydney University 55 (Nathan Trist 3, Tim Davidson, Tom Carter, Pat McCutcheon, Dave Dennis, Jacob Taylor tries; Daniel Halangahu 5 cons, pen, Scott Stumbles con) d Randwick 22 (Tim Wright, Marshall Milroy, Tim Walsh tries; Marshall Milroy 2 cons, pen) at University Oval No.1. Referee: Steve Walsh. HT: Sydney University 12-10.
Manly v Northern Suburbs at Manly Oval
Manly have maintained second place on the Tooheys New Shute Shield table with a 22-6 victory over Northern Suburbs at Manly Oval.
The victory was set up entirely in the first half in which 25 of the match's 28 points were scored. Adam D'Arcy continued his rich vein of pointscoring form with a try, two conversions and a penalty for a personal total of 17.
Chris Burnett contributed a penalty in each half for the Shoremen, and while Norths will be disappointed not to have scored a try, Manly will also be ruing an opportunity lost having missed out on a bonus point by being kept scoreless in the second half.
Manly 22 (Adam D'Arcy 2, Leon Bott tries; Adam D'Arcy 2 cons, pen) d Northern Suburbs 6 (Chris Burnett 2 pens) at Manly Oval. Referee: James Scholtens. HT: Manly 22-3.
Eastwood v Southern Districts at T.G. Millner Field
Eastwood has moved into fourth place on the Tooheys New Shute Shield ladder with a comprehensive 51-14 victory over Southern Districts at T.G. Millner Field.
The Woodies led 20-0 at the break, before running in five tries to two in the second half to earn the bonus point win which takes them ahead of Eastern Suburbs on the competition table.
Ben Batger scored 21 points for the home side from two tries, four conversions and a penalty goal, while Nathan Sievert scored all but five of the Rebels' points.
Eastwood 51 (Ben Batger 2, Mark Frost, Tim Bennetts, Sione Piukala, Locky McCaffrey, Tom Alexander, Damien Fitzpatrick tries; Ben Batger 4 cons, pen) d Southern Districts 14 (Nathan Sievert, Ropati Matangi tries; Nathan Sievert 2 cons) at T.G. Millner Field. Referee: Andrew Lees. HT: Eastwood 20-0.
Penrith v Warringah at St Marys Leagues Stadium
Warringah have amassed 13 tries on the way to an 83-5 victory over Penrith at St Marys Leagues Stadium.
The Rats flew out of the blocks, streaking to a 31-5 lead at the break, and then continued the onslaught with 52 unanswered points in the second half.
Dylan Smouha and Dave Feltscheer each scored hat-tricks for the visitors, Jordan Macey crossed twice while skipper Sam Harris contributed 23 points from nine conversions and a try.
Warringah 83 (Dylan Smouha 3, Dave Feltscheer 3, Jordon Macey 2, Paul MacGugan, Josh Holmes, Sam Harris, Haig Sare, Willie Bishop tries; Sam Harris 9 cons) d Penrith 5 (Campbell Sione try) at St Marys Leagues Stadium. Referee: Nathan Pearce. HT: Warringah 31-5.
Parramatta v West Harbour at Granville Park
West Harbour still have a glimmer of hope left in their 2009 season after overcoming Parramatta 48-20 at Granville Park.
Henry Seavula scored 23 points from a hat-trick of tries and four penalties, while Jai Ayoub also crossed twice for the Pirates.
Going into the match West Harbour were nine points adrift of the top six but have edged closer to now sit seven points behind Eastern Suburbs with four matches remaining.
West Harbour 48 (Henry Seavula 3, Jai Ayoub 2, Campese Ma'afu, Isaiah Pine, Tito Mua tries; Henry Seavula 4 cons) d Parramatta 20 (Ben Borg, Scott Podmore, Junior Kolikata tries; Aaron Mattin con, pen) at Granville Park. Referee: Ian Smith. HT: West Harbour 22-10.
Gordon v Eastern Suburbs at Chatswood Oval
Dave Harvey showed some of the brilliance which earned him the 2008 Ken Catchpole Medal by kicking the match-winning drop goal in Gordon's 22-21 victory over Eastern Suburbs at Chatswood Oval.
In a match which could not have been tighter, the scores were locked up at half-time before Easts established a narrow lead going down the stretch.
However with the visitors up 21-19 as the clock wound down, Harvey slotted the timely three-pointer for the win which lifts Gordon above the Beasties on the Tooheys New Shute Shield ladder.
Gordon 22 (Viliame Ratu 2, Chris Alock tries; Dave Harvey 2 cons, drop) d Eastern Suburbs 21 (Lee Morley, Tom Egan, Joe Azar tries; Gavin Debartolo 3 cons) at University Oval No.1. Referee: Stuart Dickinson. HT: 22-21.
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