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University show early class to walk away with higher grade

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.