In our next big fixture, Manly will host Eastwood with both sides looking to peak at the right time in the season. Outside of the top 6, Gordon takes on West Harbour while Randwick will take on Southern Districts at Coogee. All four sides will be desperate and determined to secure a win in order to stay hot on the heels of Eastern Suburbs who get their second bye of 2019.
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NORTHERN SUBURBS v WARRINGAH at 3 pm, North Sydney Oval
The 2017 Grand Final rematch sees a total of five changes for the Northern Suburbs outfit as they host our featured game of the round. Lawrance Hunting and Connor Vest return for the Shoremen replacing Dan Solofa and Declan Carroll respectively. Pat Tafa comes into the back row for Gary Bautz and Michael Dowsett will start at halfback replacing Nicholas Duffy. Harry Burey makes his return to top grade with Connor Winchester out of the side. Two big inclusions for Warringah, firstly in form of chief navigator Hamish Angus who returns at five-eighth allowing Ben Marr to switch back to his traditional winger role in place of Ben Woollett. Matt Foulds also comes into the side in the second row, replacing Max Girdler.
Both teams have dangers across the park, but the battles to watch will be that of between veteran fly-half’s Angus Sinclair and Hamish Angus who respectively, will be instrumental to guiding their outfits around the paddock, not to mention their precision ball kicking skills. Both men have steered their teams to Grand Final victories and this weekend is bound to come down to the wire. Japanese Top League Canon Eagles scrumhalf Michael Dowsett returns to Northern Suburbs and will go head to head with the dominant Josh Holmes. Both scrum-halves with professional experience, this will be a real competitive match-up to keep an eye on.
The last time these sides met in Round 1, Northern Suburbs defeated Warringah 14 – 35 at Pittwater Rugby Park, making Norths only one of two teams who have beaten Warringah in the 2019 season thus far.
Northern Suburbs (1-15) Head Coach: Nick Hensley
Lawrance Hunting, Andrew Tuala, Max Ma’a, Connor Vest, Nick Palmer, Pat Tafa, Will Miller, Hugh Sinclair, Michael Dowsett, Angus Sinclair, Lachie Creagh, Harry Burey, Nathan Russell, Richie Woolf, Reece Mau’u
Warringah (1-15) Head Coach: Mark Gerrard
Rory O’Connor, Robert Kelly, Faavae Sila, Sam Thomson, Matt Foulds, Ru Mackenzie, Maclean Jones, Sam Ward, Josh Holmes, Hamish Angus, Harry Jones, Guy Rees, Seb Wileman, Ben Marr, Liam Windon
*Please note, teams are subject to change.
In other matches:
Manly v Eastwood at Manly Oval
Gordon v West Harbour at Chatswood Oval
Randwick v Southern Districts at Coogee Oval
Sydney University v Western Sydney at Sydney University Football Ground
Northern Suburbs v Warringah live on 7TWO at 3 pm
TV fixture livestream is available on http://www.7plus.com/CLUB from 3 pm (AEST) on Saturday.
7TWO NATIONWIDE REPLAY on Sunday morning at 4:00 am local time.