4th Grade | Grand Final Preview -

4th Grade | Grand Final Preview

4th Grade | Grand Final Preview

Source: http://www.shuteshield.com/grand-final-previews-fourth-grade/

By Cameron Caccamo, Club Rugby TV Correspondent

We have a huge weekend of Rugby coming up, and it all begins with the Henderson Cup Grand Final. We have two teams; one that has dominated the competition from the very beginning, and another that has scraped through off the back off some gritty performances against tough teams. Here’s the details you need for this fiery clash.


Warringah (1):
Regular Season: 15-2-1 (72), against Top Six: 6-1
Qualifying Final: def. Parramatta 23-7
Semi Final: def. Sydney University 18-5
Northern Suburbs (5):
Regular Season: 12-6 (58), against Top Six: 4-3
Qualifying Final: def. Sydney University 15-11
Semi Final: def. Eastwood 23-15
Met in: Round 1 (Warringah 21-5)
Not many people would have predicted these two teams would match up in the Grand Final late in the season; or even as the Finals beganBut here we are; a huge rivalry especially at the First Grade level now gets a Fourth Grade Grand Final for the Clubs to do battle in.
Warringah have been favourites all the way through the season, and very little will change for this gameThe Rats have had two strong Finals performances; one against a Parramatta squad that ended their perfect streak, the other against the strong second-seeded Sydney University. Both were dispatched in style, only allowing a single try in each game. That solid defence has been a feature throughout the season; they have only had four-try bonus points scored on them twice, and still managed to win one of those games regardlessIf Warringah can replicate that defensive effort again this weekend, they will have one hand on the Henderson Cup.
Northern Suburbs were lucky to make the Finals at all; they only secured their spot with a last-round win over RandwickThey have made the most of it though; they won on the buzzer against Sydney Uni and consistently stayed on top of Eastwood last weekendHaving home ground advantage at both games would have made it a bit easier for Norths to make both of those upsets, and will be relying on a boisterous early crowd at North Sydney Oval to cheer them homeThe Shoremen lost their only encounter with the Rats this year, all the way back in Round One, so they will need every bit of help they can get to turn it around against the Minor Premiers and finish one of the more unlikely runs to victory you’ll see.
If you plan on coming down to North Sydney Oval for the day, do yourself a favour and get down there from 9am; these teams will definitely put on quite a show.
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