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Too little too late as Galloping Greens outgunned

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David Sygall

HIGH-FLYING Southern Districts continued their promising start to the club rugby season, condemning Randwick to at least another week without a win in their Shute Shield campaign.

The Galloping Greens went in with a new-look side but paid for a slow start against the Rebels, who remained a step ahead for most of the match and finished strongly, suggesting they are title contenders.

Souths scored only one try in the first half but shot out to a 19-0 lead on the back of some lightning-fast attack, ill-discipline by Randwick and the accurate boot of five-eighth Rohan Saifoloi. The Wicks fought back with a late try to limit the half-time deficit to 19-7.

The Rebels might have run away with the game after an early second-half try but Randwick countered twice through fullback Tim Wright to leave the score 26-17 with 20 minutes left.However, Souths had too much steam late on and tries to breakway Sean Doyle and second-rower Andrew Leota sealed the points. Saifoloi was eye-catching for the Rebels, kicking eight from eight.

The Rebels' win was built early on. After just three minutes, big No.5 Jed Holloway sliced through ordinary defence to score their opener. Four penalty goals to Saifoloi ensured a tough road back for the home side before No.8 Peter Samu produced a fine solo try to give the Wicks hope.

Randwick were outgunned on the day but competed proudly, with five-eighth Ethan Ford scoring a converted try just before the final bell.

In other games, Parramatta beat Warringah 22-18, West Harbour downed Penrith 25-23, Manly defeated Northern Suburbs 28-15, Sydney University edged out Gordon 27-25 and Eastern Suburbs beat Eastwood 48-18.

Rugby Championship 2015

Round 1
Fri, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
NZL 39vs ARG 18 Report Stats
Sat, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
AUS 24vs SAF 20 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sun, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
SAF 20vs NZL 27 Report Stats
ARG 9vs AUS 34 Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs NZL 0 20:05ANZ
Sun, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs ARG 0 01:05Growthpoint Kings Park
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Rugby Championship 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 2 2 0 0 29 9
New Zealand 2 2 0 0 28 9
South Africa 2 0 2 0 -11 2
Argentina 2 0 2 0 -46 0
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