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By NSWRU Media Unit
Manly pair Lui Siale and Scott Daruda and Parramatta winger Sosene Anesi will start for their respective Sydney clubs for the first time this weekend, in a bid to secure FxPro Super Rugby contracts for next season.
With Sydney's club competition taking centre stage in the run up to the finals, the newcomers can expect to play alongside a number of current Super Rugby players, including 12 HSBC Waratahs who return for club duties this weekend.
Lured to Sydney for another bid at a Super Rugby contract after two years spent playing in Japan, the appearance of Daruda from the bench last weekend sparked the fightback that saw them snare a thrilling 25-23 victory over competition leaders Eastwood.
The return of Siale after a season with French Rugby Pro D2 side Union Sportive Carcassonne will further strengthen the Manly backline, as they host a pacey Southern Districts outfit that includes HSBC Waratahs winger Atieli Pakalani.
Former All Black and HSBC Waratahs speedster Sosene Anesi will grab his maiden first grade start for the Two Blues in 2012 after coming off the bench last week to help his side secure a last minute victory over Penrith. The Two Blues will be hoping to use Anesi to full effect this weekend, as they look to avenge their round 10 defeat at the hands of Randwick when the two sides meet again at Merrylands RSL Rugby Park this weekend.
In other round 13 matches, Northern Suburbs will host Sydney University at North Sydney Oval for Seti Tafua day. Telecast live as the ABC TV game of the day, a full program of events is on offer with all proceeds going to club's fundraising efforts for Seti Tafua, the Norths' first grade player who suffered a serious injury playing for the second grade against Warringah a month ago.
Eastern Suburbs will be looking to make it two from two over Eastwood this year when they do battle with the reigning premiers at Woollahra Oval. Gordon will look to prevent Warringah from playing finals football when the teams meet at Chatswood Oval, while West Harbour will look to rise to eighth spot with a win over Penrith at Nepean Rugby Park.
As usual, you can catch all the Shute Shield action on ABC 1 every Saturday afternoon in NSW and the ACT. For interstate viewers, tune in at 4am on Tuesday mornings nationally on ABC 1 for the replay or alternatively you can catch up on ABC Iview.
In a new addition to viewing rugby in 2012, Club Rugby TV provides rugby viewers with the option to watch two full Shute Shield games in HD quality each week including commentary, highlights and interviews, all for free. A big plus for club rugby fans, the Club Rugby TV service is now FREE and its flexibility supports viewing on computer, Iphone, Ipad and IPTV, all in full HD.
You can also stay in touch with the Shute Shield on Facebook via
where you can catch game highlights and a preview of the upcoming ABC TV match.
Alternatively, follow the Shute Shield on Twitter via
where you can send your thoughts through the week and receive live updates during games. You can also catch highlights of every round on the new
ShuteShieldTV channel on YouTube
You can catch up on all the Shute Shield action via digital radio with ABC Grandstands new rugby show The Clubhouse. Hosted by Patrick Foulkes and Niav Owens the program will be on-air for half an hour every Monday evening from 6:05pm. To tune in go to
and click "listen live" or download the show on the blog any time at http://blogs.abc.net.au/grandstand/2012/05/the-clubhouse-abc-grandstands-monday-club-rugby-show.html
(Brackets indicate position on Shute Shield ladder)
NORTHERN SUBURBS (6) v SYDNEY UNIVERSITY (2) at North Sydney Oval (ABC TV game, 3pm)
Northern Suburbs make only the one change to the side that narrowly defeated Southern Districts last weekend with flanker Wil Brame returning to the first grade side.
Sydney University make six changes to the side that last week defeated Eastern Suburbs with a host of FxPro Super Rugby players returning from their franchises including Melbourne Rebel Tim Davidson who starts at flanker. Five HSBC Waratahs will don the yellow and gold this weekend, including prop Jeremy Tisle, flanker Jono Jenkins, centre Tom Carter, fullback Daniel Halangahu and winger Tom Kingston, who makes his first club appearance of the season.
1. Cruz Ah Nau, 2.Scott Podmore, 3. Nick Lah; 4 Rory Walton, 5. Ben Matwijow; 6. Jordan Smiler, 7. Wil Brame, 8. AJ Gilbert [c]; 9. Dave Hardisty, 10. Dave Harvey; 11. Corey Brown, 12. Chris Tuatara-Morrison, 13. Samu Wara, 14. Isaiah Mosese; 15. Mitch Walton.
1.Jeremy Tilse, 2. James Riches, 3. Sam Talakai; 4. Liam Winton, 5. Tom Heslop; 6. Tim Davidson, 7. Jono Jenkins, 8. Trent Dyer; 9. Matt Schwager[c], 10. Daniel Kelly; 11. Michael Hodge, 12. James McMahon, 13. Tom Carter, 14. Tom Kingston; 15. Daniel Halangahu.
EASTERN SUBURBS (5) v EASTWOOD (1) at Woollahra Oval (3pm)
Eastern Suburbs make four changes to the side that lost to Sydney University last weekend with prop Clay Brodie and centre Anton Lavin returning to the first grade side. HSBC Waratah Brendan McKibbin makes his first appearance for the Beasts this year at halfback.
Eastwood make three changes to the side that lost to Manly last round with lock Mitch Lees returning to the side, alongside captain and No.8 Hugh Perrett and centre Ben Seymour, who return from their respective FxPro Super Rugby franchises.
1. Ofa Fainga'anuku, 2. Heath Tessmann, 3. Clay Brodie; 4. Will Crutchley, 5. Pat O'Connor; 6. Richard Stanford, 7. Tom Shannon, 8. Pauliasi Taumoepeau[c]; 9. Brendan McKibbin, 10. Angus Sinclair; 11. Elijah Niko, 12. Tom Azar, 13. Anton Lavin, 14.Apakuki Maafu; 15. Pat Dellit.
1. Marty Plokstys, 2. Chris Hill, 3. Barry Fa'amausili; 4. Tom Alexander, 5. Mitch Lees; 6. Gareth Palamo, 7. Miles McCaffrey, 8. Hugh Perrett [c]; 9. Mick Snowden, 10. Barney Wood; 11. Mark Frost, 12. Ben Seymour, 13. Michael McDougall, 14. Nick Batger; 15. Ben Batger.
MANLY (3) v SOUTHERN DISTRICTS (4) at Manly Oval (3pm)
Manly make six changes to the side that defeated Eastwood last round with former Western Force and Queensland Reds No. 10 Scott Daruda making his maiden start, after a spectacular debut from the bench last weekend saw him kick 10 points to secure a thrilling 25-23 victory over competition leaders Eastwood. Prop Elvis Taione and lock Ed Gower also make the starting line up after impressing off the bench last round. Ryan Hodson returns to the side at flanker while Richard Hooper returns on the wing along with Lui Siale, who makes his first appearance for Manly after a season with French outfit Union Sportive Carcassonne.
Southern Districts make six changes to the side that lost to Northern Suburbs last weekend. A new-look front row sees Tetera Faulkner and Tim Metcher in the prop positions while HSBC Waratah John Ulugia will captain the side from hooker. Fellow HSBC Waratah Kane Douglas will make his first appearance for Southern Districts in 2012 in the second row, while Ben Volavola grabs a first grade start at fullback. The return from injury of flanker Sam Latunipulu will be a huge boost for the Rebels.
1. Dane Maraki, 2. Elvis Taione, 3. James Hilterbrand; 4. Ed Gower, 5 Greg Peterson; 6. Ryan Hodson, 7. Jordy Reid, 8. Tevita Metuisela[c]; 9. Chris Cottee, 10. Scott Daruda; 11. Lui Siale, 12. Malietoa Hingano, 13. Brian Sefanaia, 14. Richard Hooper; 15. Jacob Woodhouse.
1. Tetera Faulkner, 2. John Ulugia [c], 3. Tim Metcher; 4. Andrew Leota, 5. Kane Douglas; 6. Jed Holloway, 7. Sam Latunipulu, 8. Matt Swann; 9 Chris O'Reilly, 10. Rohan Saifolio; 11. Ben Connolly, 12. Lester Salanoa, 13. Apo Latunipulu, 14. Atieli Pakalani; 15. Ben Volalvola.
GORDON (12) v WARRINGAH (8) at Chatswood Oval (3pm)
Gordon has made two changes to the side that lost to Randwick last weekend with flanker Mark Williams and winger Tim Lloyd grabbing first grade starts. Warringah also make two changes to the side defeated by West Harbour last round, with flanker George Wyllie grabbing a first grade start and Michael Adams returning to the team.
1. Hugh Cropley, 2. Ron Hobden, 3. Tobias Gukibau[c]; 4. Roni Scarano, 5. Mark Johnson ; 6. Mark Williams, 7. Mitch Greenway, 8. Sebastian Murphy; 9. Terry Preston, 10. Chris Burnett; 11. Michael Manners, 12. Tom Hill, 13. Matthew McDougall, 14. Tim Lloyd; 15. Tom Coupland.
1. Ray Brown, 2. David Mason, 3. Wayne Borsak; 4.Ben Adams[c] 5. Vincent Wright; 6. Adrien Clements, 7. George Wyllie, 8. Jack Tomkins; 9. Timothy Donlan, 10. Hamish Angus; 11. Edward Doyle 12. Michael Adams, 13. Dylan Smouha, 14. Michael Dalton; 15. Chris Arnold.
PARRAMATTA (7) v RANDWICK (11) at Merrylands RSL Rugby Park (3pm)
Parramatta make four changes to the side that defeated Penrith last weekend with prop Chris Seuteni returning to the side. Flanker Rodney Ma'a, halfback Wiremu Ranui grab first grade starts, as does former All Black Sosene Anesi who starred off the bench in his Two Blues' debut last weekend.
Randwick make two changes to the side that narrowly beat Gordon last week, Adrian Duchini grabbing his maiden first grade start of 2012 and Jack Tovey returning to the side.
1. Nicholas Blacklock, 2. Trent Hosher, 3. Chris Seuteni; 4. Evan Olmstead, 5. Adam Coleman; 6. Andrew Cox [c], 7. Rodney Ma'a, 8. Maile Latukefu; 9. Wiremu Ranui, 10. Tom Woods; 11. Sosene Anesi, 12. Damien Fakafanua, 13. Iese Leoota, 14. Moses Tavola, 15. Daley Harper.
1. Patto Noriega, 2. Nio Halangahu, 3. Lotu Taukeiaho; 4. Lai Vatadroka, 5. Geoff Ingram; 6. Adrian Duchini, 7. Jack Tovey, 8. Peter Samu; 9. Nathan Sievert, 10. Toby Browne; 11. Tom Joseph, 12. Terrence Hepetema, 13. Ethan Ford, 14. Apaola Tea; 15. Tim Wright.
PENRITH (10) v WEST HARBOUR (9) at Nepean Rugby Park (Club Rugby TV, 3pm)
Penrith make two changes to the side that lost to Parrmatta last week with lock Kornelio Burgess returing to the first grade side while Lelea Paea grabs his maiden first grade start of 2012.
West Harbour make only two changes to the side that defeated Warringah last weekend, with prop Michael Alaalatoa and Western Force centre Rory Sidey returning to the first grade side.
1. Faitotoa Asa, 2. Kerren Straker, 3 Richard Aho[c]; 4.Dale Shane, 5. Kornelio Burgess; 6. Junior Taavili, 7 Cohen Masson, 8 Jason Peseta; 9. Solomona Silipa, 10. Fred Tuua; 11. Tala Mapesone, 12. Lelea Paea, 13. Mark Murray, 14. Wilson Silipa; 15. Chris Aunise-Scalan.
1. Michael Alaalatoa, 2.Reg De Jager, 3. Vaughan Lomax; 4. Alfed Pinomi, 5. Scott Stevens; 6. Tom Games, 7. Tom Andrews, 8. Sione Tau,; 9. Barton Jones, 10. Henry Seavula; 11. Tito Mua, 12. Nua Alone, 13. Rory Sidey, 14. Oleni Ngungutau; 15. Shaun Treweek.
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