Northern Suburbs continue unbeaten streak with win over Manly


“We started well and, to be honest, just our own errors let them back in the game,” said Norths No.12 Harry Burey, who scored a try in the second half. “A lot of shit penalties really put ourselves under pressure. We got away with it in the end.

Both sides pack down at Manly Oval.

Both sides pack down at Manly Oval. Credit:Karen Watson

“The intensity went up from the first couple of games. I think the boys had pencilled this one in since the draw came out.”

A couple of big wins against West Harbour (32-3) and Penrith (53-3) helped clear the cobwebs but Norths have now passed their first real test of the year.

Manly were desperate to bounce back from a 10-6 loss to Sydney University last week and will be upset that Sinclair’s drop goal ensured they came away without a losing bonus point.

Norths winger Reece Mau’u made something out of nothing down the left wing early on by palming off a couple of Marlins defenders for a terrific try.

His brilliance was about as short-lived as you can get. Straight from the restart, Sinclair’s clearing kick was charged down by Jack Veitch, who swooped and planted the ball down for a five-pointer to ultimately level scores 7-7.

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Norths edged ahead with a couple of penalties and, despite a try to Manly’s Max Douglas in the 32nd minute, the visitors led 18-12 at the break thanks to a fine finish in the right corner from Kepu Lokotui.

James Margan was unlucky to be denied a try early in the second half for Norths and Manly made them pay when Hutana Coffin had a clear run to the line to make it 25-19.

Marlins winger Yool Yool was dangerous with ball in hand but missed a couple of easy penalties that would have levelled the scores. He made a late break to bring the local crowd to their feet but couldn’t get a potential match-winning pass away to his winger.

In other games, Sydney University registered another big win, this time a 59-10 romp against the Hunter Wildfires. Wildfires are improving but yet to see any real pay on the scoreboard from three outings. It could have been uglier given Uni led 47-5 at the break.

Penrith are also yet to chalk up a win in their return to the competition after they were beaten 29-14 by Southern Districts.

Randwick thumped Western Sydney Two Blues 42-0, Eastwood beat West Harbour 42-10, while Warringah prevailed by three points over Eastern Suburbs.

Shute Shield round three results

Manly 19-28 Norths
Warringah 31-28 Easts
Eastwood 42-10 West Harbour
Two Blues 0-42 Randwick
Penrith 14-29 Southern Districts
Hunter Wildfires 10-59 Sydney University

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