–Shute Shield produces amazing tries through Gordon side

August 4, 2017

Gordon has come up with two contenders for try of the season in the Shute Shield. Check out these efforts against the Penrith Emus and Northern Suburbs.

Gordon has scored some sensational tries.

AUSTRALIA’S Super Rugby sides failed to deliver the thrills fans had hoped for this year, but Sydney’s club players are taking entertainment to new heights with spectacular tries.

Highlighted by these two beauties by Gordon against Penrith and Northern Suburbs, the Shute Shield has become a haven for brilliant running rugby and is attracting a legion of spectators who’ve turned their backs on the disappointing professional ranks.

In a year where every Australian Super team had a losing season, and the Waratahs produced one of their worst seasons in history, the Shute Shield has become a beacon of light for disaffected rugby fans.

Gordon has scored some sensational tries.

Gordon has scored some sensational tries.Source:Supplied

And as the finals series approaches, the pressure is on for teams to better the tries already scored in 2017.

Club rugby spectators have been astonished by the incredible long-range efforts that have already been produced by teams this season – some of the best tries seen anywhere in the world.

But with one round remaining and key finals spots up for grabs there is an expectation that rather than teams going into their shells, they will ramp their attacking audacity, highlighted by the fact that the top six teams have been averaging between 31 to 40 points per game.

Saturday will decide the final placings of each team and therefore who hosts playoff the following week.

Action from the Shute Shield rugby match between Warringah and Sydney University.

Action from the Shute Shield rugby match between Warringah and Sydney University.Source:News Corp Australia

Second-placed Randwick host third-placed Southern Districts – who are on an eight-match winning streak – while defending champions Norths are at home to Warringah in the most decisive games.

Unless the winless Penrith produce a major upset against Eastwood, the top six should remain in place and that would mean perennial finalists Sydney University missing out on the playoffs altogether.

Ladder leaders Manly have already claimed the minor premiership and face West Harbour at Concord.

The qualifying finals will be held on the following weekend of August 12-13, with first hosting sixth, second hosting fifth, and third hosting fourth.

Shute Shield Round 18 fixtures

Randwick v Southern Districts 3.10pm, Coogee Oval (Live on 7TWO)
Eastwood v Penrith 3pm, TG Millner Field
Northern Suburbs v Warringah 3pm, North Sydney Oval
Gordon v Eastern Suburbs 3pm, Chatswood Oval
Parramatta v Sydney University 3pm, Merrylands RSL Rugby Park
West Harbour v Manly 3pm, Concord Oval

Shute Shield table

1 Manly 72
2 Randwick 61
3 Southern Districts 60
4 Warringah 60
5 Northern Suburbs 57
6 Eastwood 50
7 Sydney University 49
8 West Harbour 48
9 Gordon 38
10 Eastern Suburbs 33
11 Parramatta 20
12 Penrith 9

Originally published as Is this the best rugby try of the year? – All News First!

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