Sydney University Football Club took an early lead in the Club Championship when they posted a clean sweep of grade and Colts games against Penrith at Nepean Rugby Park on Saturday.
Following their high-scoring 46-39 win over premiers Eastwood at headquarters in the opening round of the Shute Shield, Sydney University Firsts backed up with an 80-22 result over the Emus after leading 42-12 at half-time.
Winger Matthew Narracott scored three of the Students’ 12 tries, while Angus Roberts posted 25 points with a try and 10 conversions. The in-form fullback scored 21 points against the Woodies in the season opener.
Despite the scoreline, Penrith scored the first points of the match and provided plenty of starch for a physical first half-hour before the Sydney University backs hit their straps and began posting points,
With the match being the televised Shute Shield fixture of the day, Penrith weren’t about to let the opportunity slide, and they opened the second half in the same tough manner as the first, resulting in another two converted tries.
But the Students finished the second half as they had the first, with a flurry of tries off some penetrating execution.
The result saw the Students go to the top of the Shute Shield ladder, while Penrith earned a bonus point for their try-scoring efforts. Their task doesn’t get easier, with a third round match against Eastwood, while the Students will face a tough opponent in Randwick at Coogee Oval.
Sydney Men’s premier competition – Round 2
First Grade (Shute Shield): Sydney University 80 (Matthew Narracott 3, Matthew Sandell 2, Byron Hodge, Rohan O’Regan, Jake Wainwright, Jake Gordon, Saia Tanginoa, Tom Carter, Angus Roberts tries; Angus Roberts 10 cons) defeated Penrith 22 (Nemani Lenigusu 2, Jason Havea, Paueli Halafihi tries; Joseph Faoagali 2 con) at Nepean Rugby Park.
Second Grade (Colin Caird Shield): Sydney University University 87 (Joshua King 3, Christian Kagiassis 3, Richie Williams 2, Jordan Sukkar 2, Hugh Frazer, Matthew Hood, Christian Yassmin tries; Christian Kagiassis 11 cons) defeated Penrith 7 (Isileli Haunga try; David Isopo con).
Third Grade (Henderson Shield): Sydney University 55 (Enos Palemene 2, Dylan Vieira 2, William Ridley, Nicholas Coaldrake, Samuel Quinn, Elliot Gorman, Justin Fourie tries; William Macklin 5 cons) defeated Penrith 0.
Fourth Grade (Henderson Cup): Sydney University 90 (Alexander Brunt 2, Cameron Mason 2, Hamish Stephenson 2, Alasdair King, Benjamin Carolan, Stuart Mill, Maxwell Hughes, Tom Wilson, Oliver L’Estrange, Justin Fourie, Taniela Fahiua tries; Tom Wilson 5 cons, Cameron Mason 5 cons) defeated Penrith 0.
First Grade (W. McMahon Memorial Shield): Sydney University 50 (Patrick O’Doherty 3, Hugh Summerhayes, Lincoln Whiteley, Banjo Travers, Eddy King, Harry Potter tries; James Kane 4 cons, Harry Potter con) defeated Penrith 20 (Poasa Nakaivalu, Leonardo Talataina, Siale Fifita, Isaac Baldock tries) at Nepean Rugby Park.
Second Grade (Shell Trophy): Sydney University 38 (Ethan Miller 2, Langley Ammit, Sydney Malifa, Jack London, Thomas McFayden tries; Daniel Poletto 4 cons) defeated Penrith 5 (Solomona Iosefa try).
Third Grade (Bill Simpson Shield): Sydney University 50 (Ahmad Elbatoory 2, James McClelland 2, James Goddard, Max Indge, Ben Halmarick, Harrison Croker tries; Ben Halmarick 5 cons) defeated Penrith 12 (Daniel Vavega, Benjamin Meyer tries; Benjamin Meyer con).