Graham Croker
A seven-match winning streak has moved Sydney University to fifth on the 2010 Sydney Grade rugby union Shute Shield ladder with two rounds to play.
The Students ran in seven tries in their 42-27 win over Gordon at Chatswood Oval on Sunday to edge ahead of Randwick on the competition ladder which is headed by Eastwood on 74 points. Manly (72), Eastern Suburbs (68), Southern Districts (68), Sydney University (61) and Randwick (57) make up the top six.
The Students will host Manly at No.1 Oval on Saturday, before rounding out the season proper against Penrith at Nepean Park.
After a disastrous start to the season, where the Students sank to as low as 10th, they have worked their up the ladder with consecutive wins over Parramatta (68-24), Southern Districts (43-10), Warringah (48-12), Northern Suburbs (30-20), West Harbour (50-5) Eastwood (38-24) and Gordon.
After completing a clean-sweep in grade and Colts matches against Eastwood, the Students dropped just one match against Gordon – with Third Grade Colts going down 24-7.
Sydney Grade competition – Round 19
First Grade: Sydney University 42 (Dave NcDuling 2, Nick Phipps, Nathan Trist, Lachlan Mitchell, Julian Huxley tries; Dan Kelly 3 goals, 2 pen goals) d Gordon 27 (Nath Nicol, Jared Barry, David Harvey, Tobias Guikabu) at Chatswood Oval.
Second Grade: Sydney University 55 (Anthony Pohlen 2, Matt Schwager 2, Luke Jones, Paddy Ryan, Julian James, Justin Bosilkovski tries; Justin Bosilkovski 6 goals, pen goal) d Gordon 24 (Tom Sully 2, Sai Vakarau, Tom Hill tries; Kimon Telidis 2 goals).
Third Grade: Sydney University 34 (Wayne Gibson 2, Dane Cole-Clarke, James McMahon, Eddie Bredenhann, Toby L’Estrange tries; Eddie Bredenhann goal, Toby L’Estrange goal) d Gordon 22 (Ryan Mathews 2, Andrew McCarthy, Nick Walker tries; Neil Smail goal).
Fourth Grade: Sydney University 57 (Robert O’Reilly 2, Tom Kingston 2, John Morelatto, John Langford, Will Runciman, Ian Hillard, Willie Du Plessis tries; James Metcalf 3 goals, James Cameron 3 goals) d Gordon 0.
First Grade: Sydney University 34 (5 tries) d Gordon 19.
Second Grade: Sydney University 29 (5 tries) d Gordon 24.
Third Grade: Gordon 24 d Sydney University 7.