Sydney Shield Previews Rd 8
With several games being postponed over the past few weeks due to inclement weather, it has left the Sydney Shield competition table rather disjointed at the moment. With some teams having played seven games and some only five, it's tricky to pinpoint the form of each team.
Windsor is deservedly on top of the table, while Hills District are just two points behind but have a game in hand. They are the only two teams with a single loss and have been very impressive in the 2015 season to date.
Windsor is set to remain there, due to the fact they have the bye this week, while Hills will be looking to stay hot on their heels. The match of the round this week is between the second-placed Hills District Bulls and the third-placed Belrose Eagles.
This game will be hosted by Belrose on Sunday at Lionel Watts Reserve at 3.00pm, in what should be a much more free-flowing game in the dry conditions. With Belrose coming off a fantastic win over Auburn they will be full of confidence and will be up for the fight.
The Bulls are coming off different circumstances with their last match being three weeks ago against top of the table Windsor. They came away from that game with their first loss of the season, and will be keen to rekindle their early season form.
With a long break inbetween matches, the Bulls will be hoping that they're ready and raring to go, with niggling injuries having time to heal after the unexpected hiatus.
One player that will be looking to continue his prolific try-scoring form will be the Hills fullback Scott Hogan who tops the Sydney Shield top try scorers ladder with 11 tries in six games. Hogan will be looking to continue his strike rate for his side in solidifying their top-two position.
In this week’s other matches Blacktown play Cabramatta, Wentworthville come up against Mounties, Peninsula battle Guildford, Auburn combat Western Suburbs and East Campbelltown combat Asquith.