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The caravan rolls on! With the regular season behind us, all that matters is winning this weekend!
Its Finals Time and the real competition starts again.
After a bizarre weekend of results in round 18 resulting in a real shake-up of the top 3. Northern Suburbs head north to Rat Park to tackle Warringah in the 3rd v 4th battle.
A qualifying final match up, not many people saw coming.
The Shoremen have got the better of the rats on both occasions throughout the season when they kicked off Round 1 running out winners 35 – 14, before backing that up in Round 14 at North Sydney Oval 25 – 10.
This weeks qualifying final adds to the rivalry storyline between these two clubs who after their last 7 encounters are separated by 8 points.
2017 Round 1, Rat Park: Warringah 26 – Norths 28
2017 Round 18, NSO: Norths 11 – Warringah 18
2017 Grand Final, NSO: Norths 25 – Warringah 30
2018 Round 1, NSO: Norths 27 – Warringah 18
2018 Semi-Final, NSO: Norths 22 – Warringah 25
2019 Round 1, Rat Park: Warringah 14 – Norths 35
2019 Round 14, NSO: Norths 25 – Warringah 10
This weeks Team Announcement is headlined by Captain, Hugh Sinclair playing his 100th Grade Game.
A reshuffled front row sees Andrew Tuala shift from Hooker to Loosehead, with Sam Kitchen recalled to the starting hooker position. On the other side of the scrum, Lawrance Hunting looks set to retake his position at tighthead subject to a fitness test on a calf injury which kept him sidelined in round 18.
The back five of the scum remains unchanged with Connor Vest and Nick Palmer partnering each other at lock and a super rugby back row of Wells, Miller and H.Sinclair.
Whilst there is no change to the backline.
OUT: Daniel Solofa (Neck), Max Maa’ (Bench), Jack Lindsay (Bench), Nathan Russell (Bench)
IN: Sam Kitchen, Lawrance Hunting, Sam Giltrap, Ricard Woolf
Qualifying Final v Warringah @ Rat Park. Saturday, August 10th 3:10 pm
|1st Grade||1st Grade Caps|
|2||Sam Kitchen||67 (89)|
|3||Lawrance Hunting||82 (100)|
|4||Connor Vest||57 (82)|
|5||Nick Palmer||63 (76)|
|6||Michael Wells||38 (41)|
|7||Will Miller||91 (102)|
|8||Hugh Sinclair (c)||83 (99)|
|9||Michael Dowsett||19 (29)|
|11||Lachie Creagh||73 (82)|
|12||Jack Lindsay||10 (11)|
|14||Nathan Russell||20 (30)|
|15||Harry Burey||58 (60)|