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By NSW Waratahs Media unit
A galvanised Southern Districts side outmuscled Randwick in the final regular round of the Shute Shield at Coogee Oval.
Man of the match and dual try-scorer Brandon Paenga-Amosa said this win was crucial for his side’s bid for the 2017 Premiership.
“It was important we had a good run into the semis and this tops it off,” Paenga-Amosa told 7TWO. “For us to deliver the goods… that was a big thing.”
The visitors drew first blood in the form of their scrum half Eli Pilz as Rohan Saifoloi added the extras.
The Wicks were quick to return serve when 7s star Henry Hutchinson scooped up a loose pass to score a runaway try after departing pivot Andrew Deegan slotted a penalty goal.
Hooker Tevita Vea hung off the back of a rolling maul to put more points on the board for Randwick with the lead at 18-7 following a second Deegan penalty.
Southern Districts entered the sheds at halftime in front after man of the match Brandon Paenga-Amosa scored his 10th try of the season off the back of a bolstered Rebels’ maul, followed by a Saifoloi penalty.
The Souths scrum wreaked havoc on the home team, securing a penalty try off back-to-back infringements from Randwick which resulted a sinbinning.
A fifteen minute scoring drought in the second period of play was broken by Galloping Greens lock Nick Kellaway when he cut the line to score under the posts. Centre Ben Starkey followed suit not long after as dotted over for his own try in the corner.
Eight points behind, Souths worked hard to get deep into enemy territory and were rewarded with a Matt Gibbon try after he bumped off four defenders from a pick and drive.
It wasn’t long before the Rebels found themselves again within striking distance, and ten minutes of pressure took hold of Randwick as Paenga-Amosa crossed for his second try of the afternoon to put the visitors in front again 34-30.
Randwick worked hard to turn the game back into their favour, but to no avail after playing for a further four minutes following the final siren.
Randwick 30 (Tries: H. Hutchinson, T. Vea, N. Kellaway, B. Starkey; Cons: A. Deegan 2; Pen Cons: A. Deegan 2; Yellow Cards: C. Betham, S. Satuala) defeated by Southern Districts 34 (Tries: E. Pilz, B. Paenga-Amosa 2, Penalty Try, M. Gibbon; Cons: R. Saifoloi 2; Pen Cons: R. Saifoloi)
REST OF THE ROUND
Eastwood 64 (Tries: Z. Mackay 2, T. Hill, M. McDougall, D. Doumbos, H. Roach 3, M. Gonzalez, B. Sutton; Cons: T. Hill 7) defeated Penrith 7 (Tries: T. Tuaau; Cons: J. Faiva)
Northern Suburbs 11 (Tries: L. Creagh; Pen Cons: A. Sinclair 2) defeated by Warringah 18 (Tries: R. Kelly, H. Jones 2; Pen Cons: M. Dorrian)
Gordon 19 (Tries: P. Balekana, J. Goddard, J. Dempsey; Cons: P. Toeta 2; Yellow Cards: T. Moli, P. Balekana) defeated by Eastern Suburbs 47 (Tries: A. King, S. Longwell, T. Merrit 2, M. Mason, T. Sheminant, S. Fogerty; Cons: M. Mason 6)
Parramatta 31 (Tries: A. Cox 2, R. Duff, S. Setefano, H. Cole; Cons: H. Cole 3; Yellow Card: J. Graham) defeated by Sydney University 80 (Tries: S. Nutt 2, C. Kagiassis 2, J. Armstrong 2, T. Carter, H. Clunies-Ross 2, J. McCalman, L. Swinton, R. O’Regan; Cons: C. Kagiassis 10; Yellow Card: H. Johnson-Holmes)
West Harbour 62 (Tries: B. Cotton 2, K. Meafua, A. Tuala, T. Adams,K. Drury-Hawkins 2, L. Senigassa, T. Naiyaravoro; Cons: T. Adams: 7; Pen Cons: T. Adams) defeated Manly 52 (Tries: S. Shires, K. Fuavao, T. Donlon 3, D. Pili-Gaitau, M. Fuavao, A. Hall; Cons: S. Lane 6)
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Northern Suburbs will be out to defend their 2016 premiership title while the Warringah Rats will be determined to secure their first victory since 2005 in Saturday’s Shute Shield Grand Final to be played at North Sydney Oval.