EbeneMagazine – AU – Eastwood to face Gordon in Shute Shield final after 100 minutes

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Eastwood will face Gordon in the Shute Shield final on Saturday after a spectacular 12-9 victory over the Northern Suburbs that included 20 extra minutes of time

The decider at Leichhardt Oval, hours before Bledisloe’s third game at ANZ Stadium, will be a repeat of the 1977 big tournament in which Gordon triumphed 33-4

With scores stuck at 6-6 after 80 minutes, both sides had to tie up for a 100-minute affair in wet conditions at Rat Park with a place to the final up for grabs after the 18-point victory from Gordon on the Eastern Suburbs

North Non10 Angus Sinclair had the chance to seal the game in regulation time with a tricky penalty in windy conditions but he sailed a little to the right

In a match without a trio dominated by forwards, both teams had to watch their discipline and it was ultimately Eastwood who won thanks to some three points from Tane Edmed when it mattered the most

If the scores had been tied at the end of the 100 minutes, the Norths would have progressed as they finished higher in the ladder Sinclair, with one final kick, didn’t go the distance as the Woodies celebrated qualifying for their first final in five years

« I probably knew I didn’t have the legs for the last one into the wind, but I thought it was worth it Unfortunately, I didn’t get it, » Sinclair told Channel Seven

« It was a tough old rugby game and one for the purists but thanks to Eastwood they probably played a little smarter It could have gone both ways We had our chances, they had theirs and they took them « 

Edmed added: « I’m the kicker but these boys put all the play into the tough yards and I’m just the guy who knocks them down The pressure was pretty hard

« We really wanted to make this grand final and face a tough Norths side. I think a lot of people counted us for the final series and these boys have the biggest hearts »

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