Sydney University consolidated their hold on the third rung of the NSW Tertiary Cup rugby league ladder with a 62-12 shellacking of the Australian Defence Force Academy in their Round 5 clash at Hurstville Oval on Saturday.

The Students ran in 12 tries, with Lasalo Matapule, Adam Sarkis and Zayde Alvarado each bagging doubles, as ADFA failed to live up to its name.

Marcus MacArthy, Tom MacArthy, Gideon Mzembe, Kingston Nicholson, Dominic Dagher and Adam Harber also put their names on the try sheet to give the First Division side three wins on the trot.

Unbeaten Sydney Trains head the Tertiary Cup ladder on 17 points, with UTS Tigers (14), Sydney University (13) and Norwest Polecats (11) making up the top four.

Sydney University could leapfrog the Tigers this Saturday when they meet at Henson Park. The Tigers scraped home 30-28 when the two teams met at the same venue in Round 1, which marked Sydney University’s return to the competition.

Sydney University backed that up with a 30-20 loss to Sydney Trains, before opening their account with a 64-12 win over Norwest Polecats, followed by a 48-16 result over Cumberland Beavers.

While the First Division side has been improving each week, Sydney University’s Second Division has been sitting in top of the ladder with four wins from five outings, including last Saturday’s 48-6 with over ADFA.

Sydney University head Second Division on 15 points, with UWS Ducks (13), Sydney Trains (10) and ANU Grizzlies (9) making up the top four. Sydney University has the bye in Division Two this weekend.

The First Division match will kick-off at 1pm at Henson Park as a curtain-raiser to the Newtown Jets v Illawarra Cutters clash in the NSW Cup competition.



NSW Tertiary Students competition – Round 5

First Division: Sydney University 62 (Lasalo Matapule 2, Adam Sarkis 2, Zayde Alvarado 2, Marcus MacArthy, Tom MacArthy, Gideon Mzembe, Kingston Nicholson, Dominic Dagher, Harber tries; 7 goals) d ADFA 12 .

Second Division: Sydney University 48 (Walker 2, Adam Irvine, Eden Pomare, Elias, Kingi Ngatai, Manchester, Angus Gaudry, Appleton tries; 6 goals: 6) d ADFA 6.