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University show early class to walk away with higher grade


Dominic Bossi


Opening scorer ... Matt Schwager.

Opening scorer ... Matt Schwager. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY have moved into second position on the Shute Shield ladder with a 23-point win away against Eastern Suburbs. The Students dominated play early with strong pick-and-drive rugby in wet and muddy conditions, and broke the deadlock after eight minutes. Halfback Matt Schwager picked up the ball from the edge of the ruck and scurried between two opponents to score. Dan Kelly added the conversion to give Uni a 7-0 lead.

Easts got on the board 10 minutes later when five-eighth Angus Sinclair kicked a 35-metre penalty. Luke Irwin found space from the scrum and darted between Uni's centres to score Easts' first try of the afternoon.

Their lead was gone five minutes before half-time when Uni five-eighth Kelly cut through the Easts defence, before adding the extras to give Uni a 14-8 lead at half-time.

A handling error by Easts allowed Uni to extend their lead in the second half. Nathan Trist pounced on a poor kick return by toe-poking the loose ball into the left corner and beating the defenders to the ball. Kelly made it 21-8 with a sideline conversion.

Easts responded immediately through Pauliasi Taumoepeau, who broke away from the back of a maul and scored to the left of the posts.

Uni earned a bonus point when a quick passing move created an overlap out wide for Alfie Mafi, who scored in the corner. They made certain of the result when John Carter scored from a rolling maul. Trist celebrated his 100th appearance for the Students with a second try.

In other games, Southern Districts beat Warringah 30-22, Norths defeated Penrith 22-5, Eastwood beat Randwick 32-14, Parramatta lost to Manly 19-26 and West Harbour defeated Gordon 15-8.

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR vs AUS 01:30Twic
USA vs NZL 07:00Soldier Field
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Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs SAM 01:00Stadio Del Duca
ENG vs NZL 01:30Twic
WAL vs AUS 01:30MilS
FRA vs FJI 03:45Stade Velodrome
IRE vs RSA 04:30Lansdowne Road
SCO vs ARG 04:30Murrayfield Stadium
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs ARG 01:00Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris
ENG vs RSA 01:30Twic
WAL vs FJI 01:30MilS
SCO vs NZL 04:30Murrayfield Stadium
FRA vs AUS 07:00StdF
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE vs GEO 01:30Lansdowne Road
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Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs RSA 01:00Stadio Plebiscito
SCO vs TGA 01:30Rugby Park
IRE vs AUS 03:30Lansdowne Road
WAL vs NZL 04:30MilS
ENG vs SAM 06:00Twic
FRA vs ARG 07:00StdF
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Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG vs AUS 01:30Twic
WAL vs RSA 01:30MilS
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