The trusty boot of Daniel Arahu helped Sydney University to a 30-all draw with Penrith Brothers in the Round 6 Sydney Shield rugby league clash at Hickeys Park on Sunday.
While the hosts scored six tries to five, Arahu converted each of the Students’ tries to level the match that went down to the wire.
Jack O’Brien, Brock Pelligra, Kyle McLean, Matthew Long crossed for first-half tries to give the Students at 24-16 lead at the break after Chad Rennie, Sitiveni Logaivau and Jake Tago scored for Brothers.
When Joshua Boumelhem scored for Sydney University seven minutes after the restart the lead pushed out to 30-16 and a second win for the season was on the cards.
But Brothers hit back with tries from Patrick Hinder and Kilif Tia Kilifi to take the score to 30-26.
Rennie, who had opened Brothers account with a try in the third minute, left it until the 76th minute to level the scores. But Cody Smith missed the conversion and the sides settled on a point apiece.
Unbeaten East Campbelltown Eagles and Cabramatta head the Sydney Shield ladder on 12 points after six rounds, with Guilford Owls (10), St Marys Saints (7), Asquith Magpies (7) and Wentworthville Magpies (7) making up the top six. Sydney University are ninth on five points in the 12-team competition.
Sydney University meet EC Eagles in a Round 7 clash, with a 2.30pm kick-off at Waminda Oval on Sunday
Sydney Shield competition – Round 6
Sydney University 30 (Jack O’Brien, Brock Pelligra, Kyle McLean, Matthew Long, Joshua Boumelhem tries; Daniel Arahu 5 goals) drew with Penrith Brothers 30 (Chad Rennie 2, Sitiveni Logaivau, Jake Tago, Patrick Hinder, Kilif Tia Kilifi tries; Cody Smith 2 goals) at Hickeys Park on Sunday.