The Students moved to 5th on the competition after collecting a four-try bonus point in posting their third win from five outings.
Unbeaten Eastwood head the competition ladder on 23 points, with Gordon (19), Eastern Suburbs (18), Manly (16), Sydney University (15) and Southern Districts (14) making up the top six.
Sydney University established an 18-5 half-time lead at Penrith, a scoreline that might have produced fewer grey hairs for coaches had the goalkickers been on target – they landed two for the afternoon while missing throw-over attempts from in front.
While the toe-pokers were off, the scrummaging was on, producing pushover tries in each half and providing plenty of usable set-piece ball.
Five-eighth Angus Roberts opened the scoring with a penalty goal midway through the first half. The Students followed that with the first of the push-over tries, with hooker Ben Roberts scoring from a five-metre scrum.
Penrith reduced the margin to 8-5 when giant inside-centre Hamilton Va’allepa drew the University defence and produced a one-hand offload to winger Viliami Napa’a, who outpaced the cover defence to score in the corner.
The Students attacked the blindside from the restart, resulting in Roberts sending winger Levi Dodd over from a deft off-load. Dodd, a former NRL Cronulla Shark, showed plenty of determination to cross the line in his first grade debut.
University number eight Jack de Guingand, who had produced some solid defence in the first half, opened the second stanza with some attacking flair, taking the ball off the back of a scrum to drive over the line with defenders hanging off him. The bonus-point try was . . . unconverted.
The Students rounded out the scoring with five minutes on the clock when a rolling maul resulted in second-rower Tom Heslop picking up a try which was converted by Roberts.
The win culminated a clean-sweep for
All eyes now turn to this Friday evening’s clash under lights at Sydney University No.1 Oval when the Students host Northern Suburbs. The curtain-raiser for the Shute Shield clash will be a trans–Tasman showdown between
Sydney Premier Rugby competition – Round 5
Second Grade: Sydney University 55 (Sam Roberson 2,Paddy Ryan 2, Oli Atkins, Tom Boidin, Josh Dillon, Zumbayr Abrahams, Tom English tries; Eddie Brendenhann 5 goals) d Penrith 19 (Winney Paulo, Hamilton Va’alepu, Keori Okata tries; Tawhiri Walsh 2 goals).
Fourth Grade: Sydney University 46 (T. Vuniwa 2, Cale Holmes 2, Faiva Sailosa, Oliver Gresham, D. Mafi, James Cameron tries; Angus Sinclair 2 goals, James Cameron goal) d Penrith 12 (H. Moleasi, R. Mayol tries; R Mayol goal).