1st Grade match report v Easts -

1st Grade match report v Easts

Norths took on Easts in the first Shute Shield game of the season under wet conditions at Woollahra Oval on Saturday 6 April. Despite the rain Norths were keen to play an expansive game.

This style payed off and in the ninth minute Scott Daruda, on debut for Norths, showed great vision 30 metres out from Easts try line and kicked through for a stampeding Cam Crawford to regather and score the first try of the game.

Easts hit back quickly with two penalty goals from their fullback Angus Sinclair to take the lead and the score to 6 – 5 at the twenty six minute mark.

A Scott Daruda penalty goal put Norths ahead 8 – 6, followed by a tremendous length of the field team try which ended in Peter Schuster scoring in the corner after a miracle offload from front row forward veteran Nick Lah.

Going into half time Norths led 13 – 9. Having plenty of opportunities in the first half, Head Coach Scott Fava urged his side to be patient and keep working to the game plan recognising that the points will come.

The half time words from Fava and assistant coach Joel Wilson worked, with Norths coming out hard and scoring two quick tries from winger Corey Brown and No. 6 Pat Sio, taking the score to 27 -9. Corey Brown took over the kicking duties from Scott Daruda at half time with success, kicking 2 from 2.

Easts struck back with an unconverted try to Ryan Hodson taking the score to 27 – 14 in the 57th minute.

The scorers weren’t bothered after this try with Norths securing the bonus point win.

Making their First Grade debut, Nick Curtis, Sam Figg, and Will Weeks were exceptional in defence throughout the game. Number 8 Sam Figg said, “I was so proud to make my debut in first grade, and it was great to play amongst some of the senior guys of the Club.”

Norths had the benefit of Chris Thomson (Rebels), Chris Tuatara-Morrison (Force) and Cam Crawford (Waratahs) all coming back to Norths program after being released by their Super clubs, all three played a valuable role in the win.

Head Coach Scott Fava said “The boys did great work in the wet conditions, we used the ball to create continuity. I feel the score could have been larger if we didn’t push the passes and if we trusted each other a little bit more, but that comes with a new team, and fifteen individuals trying to build into this team.”

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