Sydney University scored a converted try after the bell to force a 41-all draw with Warringah in their Round 15 Shute Shield clash at the campus Football Ground on Saturday.
In an epic battle which Warringah led from go to a whisker from whoa, Sydney University five-eighth Stuart Dunbar crossed for a try well into extra time, leaving winger Christian Kagiassis the task of landing an angled conversion to draw the match. His left-footed boomer never looked like missing.
In a match for the ages, the Students trailed 24-3 early in the first half and 35-17 well into the second half, but scored five tries to four to salvage some valuable points and maintain their lead in the Club Championship.
With three competition rounds to be played, Sydney University sit on 2533 points in the Club Championship, with Randwick closing in on 2360.
Saturday’s draw saw Sydney University surrender their lead on the Shute Shield ladder which is now headed by the Wicks on 56, with Southern Districts (56) Sydney University (54), Northern Suburbs (53), Manly (52) and Warringah (48) making up the top six.
It was a fitting finale to a tough round against the Rats, with Sydney University winning the other three grades and the three Colts fixtures by narrow margins.
The Students will be looking for a clean sweep against Eastern Suburbs at Woollahra Oval next Saturday to consolidate their position before rounding out the season proper with games against Western Suburbs at Concord Oval on July 9 and Parramatta at Sydney University Football Ground on July 16.
Sydney Men’s Premier Grade rugby competition – Round 13
First Grade – Shute Shield: Sydney University 41 (Paddy Ryan, Folau Fainga’a, Stuart Dunbar, Angus Roberts, Silatolu Latu tries; Christian Kagiassis 5 goals, 2 pen goals) drew with Warringah 41 (Harry Jones 2, Sebastian Wileman, Michael Adams tries; Hamish Angus 3 goals, 5 pen goals) at Sydney University Football Ground.
Second Grade – Colin Caird Shield: Sydney University 25 (Jock Merriman 2, Samuel Barclay tries; Byron Hodge 2 goals, 2 pen goals) defeated Warringah (Timothy Poynting, Jack Wheatley tries; Josh Gillard goal, 2 pen goals) 23 at Sydney University Football Ground.
Third Grade – Henderson Shield: Sydney University 21 defeated Warringah 14 (Finlay Hillicks, Braydon Witham tries; Jordan Meredith 2 goals) at Sydney University Football Ground.
Fourth Grade – Henderson Cup: Sydney University 31 (Alexander McDonald 2, Sam Harris, Stuart Mill, Jack Stanford tries; Tom Wilson 3 goals) defeated Warringah 14 (Jackson Stariha 2 tries; Tim Dalecki, Mackenzie Entwhistle goals) at Sydney University Football Ground.
First Grade: Sydney University 38 (Pen try, Max Girdler, Samuel Renton, Eddy King, William McDonald, James Kane tries; James Kane 3 goals, Samuel Renton 1 goal) defeated Warringah 17 at Pittwater Rugby Park.
Second Grade: Sydney University 19 (Benny Watt, Lachlan Argiris, Ahmad Elbatoory tries; Ethan Miller 2 goals) defeated Warringah 19 at Pittwater Rugby Park.
Third Grade: Sydney University 12 (Dane Stephens, Connor Farnell tries; Daniel Poletto goal) defeated Warringah 10 at Pittwater Rugby Park.