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Round 17 was one to forget and move on from quickly.
As finals loom large, momentum from the final round match is critical as a potential rematch with Sydney University in a fortnight is very possible.
Round 18 returns to North Sydney Oval, when the Shoremen take on the Galloping Greens of Randwick.
In what was an awkward encounter in round 5 at Coogee Oval, it was a match where Norths failed to find their rhythm, never getting right into the game. Eventually going down 32 -23.
Whilst Norths are all but assured a 4th placed finish. Randwick’s season is done and dusted after never quite getting off the ground and is a complete unknown as to what style of rugby or what players we may see turn up at 3pm.
Spiritual leader Will Miller rejoins the team this week following a hamstring niggle and is a straight swap in the back row for Garry Bautz (Shoulder). In what is an all Waratahs back row after all recently packing down together in the final round of Super Rugby.
There is a reshuffle to the backline, regular midfielder Harry Burey shuffles back to fullback for the third time this season, with Jack Lindsay rejoining the starting team.
Jack has played a real team role in the past fortnight, adding some real spark when coming fresh off the bench v Gordon and 2nd Grade last week.
OUT: Garry Bautz (Shoulder), Reece Mau’u (Bench)
IN: Will Miller, Jack Lindsay
Round 18 v Randwick @ North Sydney Oval, Saturday, August 3rd 3:00pm
|1st Grade||1st Grade Caps|
|1||Max Ma’a||9 (35)|
|3||Lawrance Hunting||82 (100)|
|4||Connor Vest||56 (81)|
|5||Nick Palmer||62 (75)|
|6||Michael Wells||37 (40)|
|7||Will Miller||90 (101)|
|8||Hugh Sinclair (c)||82 (98)|
|9||Michael Dowsett||18 (28)|
|11||Lachie Creagh||72 (81)|
|12||Jack Linsday||9 (10)|
|14||Nathan Russell||19 (29)|
|15||Harry Burey||57 (59)|