This Sunday’s Sydney Shield top of the table clash at Waminda Oval is shaping up as one of the highlights of the 2019 premiership season.
Both East Campbelltown Eagles and the Cabramatta Two Blues remain undefeated after seven rounds and Sunday’s clash could well be a preview of the 2019 grand final decider.
Either way it’s going to be a cracker of a game.
The Eagles overcame a spirited Sydney University on the weekend, winning 32-20 at Waminda, but as coach Richard Barnes admitted after the match the Campbelltown boys had to dig deep for this one.
“It was a very physical game – Sydney University is a very young and physical team and they just kept coming at us,’’ Barnes said.
“We had a couple of injuries s we had to tough it out, but to our guys credit they hung in there for the win.’’
It was the first time historic club Sydney University had visited the Eagles territory.
Campbelltown started on fire with a try to Eddie Vatuvai in the opening minutes and with Sean Connor’s conversion the Eagles took a 6-0 lead.
Sydney University hit back to level the score before Eagles Alex Potifara showed great strength to score to regain the lead at 10-6.
Eagles opposite centre Theo Leato was the next to score to extend the lead to 16-6.
The students scored next to narrow the gap to 16-10, but just before the half time break Jye Ellul scored in the corner for the Eagles to go into half time with a 20-10 lead.
After the break Sydney Uni scored another try to get close at 20-16, but the home side responded with two quick tries to Guy Thompson and Mason Talolua.
With both conversions from Connor successful, the Eagles opened up a handy lead of 32-16.
The visitors managed to cross for one more try for the final scoreline of 32-20.
Best for the Eagles were Eddie Vatuvai, Brett Lahey and Kobi Chamberlain.
The players player went to Guy Thompson and the man of the match to Mason Talolua.
In the other grades Under 23 East Campbelltown Eagles 38 defeated St Johns Eagles 10, Under 17 Gymea 42 defeated East Campbelltown 16.