Bouncing back from a narrow loss, Norths remained in touch with Sydney University at the top end of the ladder keeping their hunt for a minor premiership alive.
The win over Eastwood puts Norths 4 points clear of 3rd placed Manly and all but assured a spot in the top 4, with 3 rounds remaining.
Norths head to Forshaw Rugby Park for the first time since Round 9, 2018. Having accounted for Souths 41 - 18 back in round 3, Souths pushed ladder leaders Sydney University and Gordon in the past fortnight and loom as a tricky opposition come Saturday.
Premierships are often described as being won on the back of defence and coach Beer was most pleased with the defensive effort shown last week. In particular, the last 5 minutes when the result was confirmed with an 11-point margin, keeping Eastwood out of bonus point territory and it's the type of intent that will be required in the coming weeks.
Standout Rookie Boston Kerapa injured his knee early on last week and is replaced by Dave Henaway who had a big impact from the reserves.
1st Grade Captain, Harry Burey will play his 100th Grade Game from the club and is the 4th player to do so this season. Burey also sits on 97 1st Grade Games, having joined the club midway through 2016.
Flyer James Turner looks to have overcome the wrist injury that kept him out last week and he returns to the right wing.
IN: James Tuner, Dave Henaway
OUT: Jamie Mazzarol-Kotz, Boston Kerapa (Knee)
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