Two Blues flogged in Shute Shield opener

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    Last weekend saw Round 1 of the 2010 Shute Shield, with some interesting results. West Harbour went down to Northern Suburbs 29-31 at Concord Oval, in what I regarded as a surprise, given the Shoremen had a relatively poor 2009.

    Eastwood defeated Warringah 43-19 in a high scoring affair at T. G. Millner Field.

    It was nice to see Beau Robinson fronting up for the Rats again, and surely Rod MacQueen should be measuring the young man up for a Rebels jersey? Why did NSW and Italian rugby let him go, or am I missing something?

    Gordon went down to Southern Districts 20-34 at Chatswood Oval in another surprise. Gordon were great performers last year with no Super 14 players, whereas the Rebels have tended to be up and down and better under the powerlines at home at Foreshaw Park.

    Manly whalloped Parramatta 111-0 at Manly Oval, indicating it could be a long season for the Two Blues.

    Moral and financial support from the other clubs doesn’t buy you tries, and they’d need to pick their act up not to spiral further, given players don’t like fronting up week after week or season after season for drubbings.

    In the surprise of the round, Sydney University lost at home for the first time since Noah was building the Ark (well, almost five years) to perennial rivals of recent seasons, Randwick, 7-37.

    Other clubs will have been celebrating almost as much as the Wicks that Uni’s run at home has come to an end.

    The game also saw Uni lose the Sir Roden Cutler Cup to the Wicks.

    Penrith went down to Eastern Suburbs 39-55 at Nepean Rugby Park in a high scoring affair where 14 tries were scored. From a quick look at the team lists last week, a number of former Two Blues players are fronting up at the Emus this season, meaning they are likely to be a bit more competitive this year, although clearly the Beasties can score a try or two as well in a game that suggests the tackle bags might get a work out at training this week.

    Of course, if Parramatta and Penrith just swap roles, that’s hardly an improvement in the greater scheme of things.

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    • April 13th 2010 @ 1:58am
      Matt Manley said | April 13th 2010 @ 1:58am | ! Report

      Maybe Para should become little-America and load their side with our boys. They couldn’t do that much worse, could they?

      • April 13th 2010 @ 6:49pm
        Working Class Rugger said | April 13th 2010 @ 6:49pm | ! Report

        Funny you should say that Matt. Just finished reading an article in the Sydney Morning Herald stating that there is a high likelihood of several American player’s running out in their colours this season.

    • April 13th 2010 @ 8:10am
      RickG said | April 13th 2010 @ 8:10am | ! Report

      I have to say my heart sank when I saw the score in the Parra game. As you say Pablo goodwill and promises of support will only get you so far. If Parra have been saved for another year but they struggle like that, well, I don’t know if anyone’s really the better for it to be honest.

      I’m lookign forward to the season unfolding as ever but are we looking at another 2-horse race, with just a couple of others chiming in for a bit of nuisance value?

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      April 13th 2010 @ 8:30am
      Bay35Pablo said | April 13th 2010 @ 8:30am | ! Report

      I do recall reading that although the grade sides for parra were week, they had some good colts.

      Parra’s 1st grade colts went down 50-17, and 2nds 88-12. So much for that.

      Penrith’s colts also got a touch up, going down 88-0 in 1sts and 78-0 in 2nds.

      Both teams clearly need strengthening across the board.

      Mind you Norths cots 1sts went down 45-9 in 1sts, but I hear a few colties went up to grade this year for Norths 1st grade so that might have something to do with it.

    • April 13th 2010 @ 8:53am
      Brett McKay said | April 13th 2010 @ 8:53am | ! Report

      Pablo, I was watching the Eastwood-Warringah game on ABC, and when the halftime scores came through it was already looking ominous for Parramatta. And when the commercial news bulletins run the 111-0 score as their last quirky/feel good sports story, you know it’s not a good thing…

    • April 13th 2010 @ 9:07am
      RickG said | April 13th 2010 @ 9:07am | ! Report

      And it doesn’t get any easier – they’re up against the students coming off a loss next week!!!

      Comments from the coach in SMH today:

      ”We also had to come together a bit late, and in terms of preparation, with what was going on over the last few weeks, we had been a bit distracted. We probably under-prepared the guys, so we have to take some of the blame.”

      Interesting to read too that Mark Frost from Eastwood turned up to Parra training last week and ended up playing for them (does that mean he’s not playing for Eastwood?).

      Pablo, re colts I was going to say before most of the talk on the Two Blues’ website lately has been on the strength of their colts, so I thought at least they had something to look forward to in the future. Perhaps not based on those scores.

    • April 13th 2010 @ 9:08am
      sheek said | April 13th 2010 @ 9:08am | ! Report

      We’ve seen excellent percentage rises in player participation levels in WA, & we can hope for the same with the introduction of the Rebels in Victoria.

      And yet we’ve gone backwards in the huge catchment areas of Western Sydney. As I just happened to hear Alan Jones say on 2GB yesterday, if you concentrate too much on the roof, the foundations will eventually implode on you.

      The key lesson I learnt form chess (which I don’t play well – too adventurous & too impatient) is that when you move your troops out, you must consolidate & protect as you go. I would expect any business, or sport, to be no different.

      How did it get to be like this for the once proud Parramatta …..?

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