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9 rounds down, 9 to g0. As the competition turns the corner, there is still plenty of rugby left to play!
The rain around Sydney this week has played havoc with the various training plans, however, it won’t be a factor when Norths run out on North Sydney Oval to a lovely 15 degrees and perfect rugby weather.
Back to back home games have been very much welcomed after a string of away games through the opening half of the season.
Following a gutsy win over Southern Districts, Head Coach Nick Hensley was extremely pleased with the comeback after being down by 21 points twice throughout the match.
Up against Eastern Suburbs who with 6th on 21 points. Eastern Suburbs, who were heavily talked about as favorites have gone on to beat Sydney University and Eastwood & drop games to Gordon (Round 9) and Randwick.
Last week Nick Hensley was able to name an unchanged lineup for the first time, unfortunately not this week as Lawrance Hunting has succumbed to a calf strain and will have to wait to add to his 95 caps. Replacing Lawrance at tighthead is Max Ma’a who is on his own comeback from injury in recent weeks. Max made his starting debut as a late addition against Eastwood in Cowra last season.
Meanwhile a cameo from Will Miller off the bench last week has edged him closer to the elusive 100 games, with now 97 caps.
OUT: Lawrance Hunting (Calf)
IN: Max Ma’a
Round 10 v Eastern Suburbs @ North Sydney Oval. Saturday, June 8th 3:00 pm
|1st Grade||1st Grade Caps|
|1||Ben Ryan||4 (25)|
|2||Sam Kitchen||64 (81)|
|3||Max Ma’a||2 (28)|
|4||Declan Caroll||9 (64)|
|5||Nick Palmer||55 (67)|
|6||Connor Vest||51 (75)|
|8||Hugh Sinclair (c)||75 (91)|
|9||Nick Duffy||15 (16)|
|10||Angus Sinclair (c)||65|
|11||Nuno Sousa Guedes||3 (8)|
|12||Harry Burey||52 (54)|
|13||Reece Mau’u||9 (32)|
|14||Nathan Russell||12 (21)|
|15||Connor Winchester||2 (23)|