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Around the Grounds | Sydney Shield Rd 3

All the action form Round three of the Sydney Shield.

Sydney University 30 def Wentworthville Magpies 10

Sydney University have recorded their first win of the season with a solid 30-10 victory over the Wentworthville Magpies at Henson Park today and were helped by the welcome addition of Jacob Gagai into the side.

Both teams had a try apiece early on in their match-up - Wenty’s was scored by winger Obed Karwhin, while Sydney’s prop Zane Elsey crashed over for theirs and Benjamin Jackson converted to give his side a 6-4 lead.  

Sydney’s lead was extended when centre Gagai, younger brother of South Sydney Rabbitohs player Dane, went over for his side with two back-to-back tries in quick succession and Jackson successfully converted both shots at goal to take the scores to 18-4 at half time.

Gagai’s success continued in the second half as he bagged a hat-trick for his side and Jackson’s conversion took their lead to 20 points.

“Glebe Burwood signed Jacob and because they couldn’t put him in their side straight away I had the luxury of using him this week,” Sydney University coach Michael Habib said.

“He hadn’t trained with us at all and he only got registered during the week and he just showed his experience and class for Sydney Shield.”

Second-rower Mason McCarthy continued Sydney’s dominance and Daniel Arahu took over the kicking duties for their side to lead 30-4.

After scoring within the first few minutes of the match, Karwhin notched a double and scored a consolation try for Wentworthville with ten minutes left on the clock and Thomas Bartley added the extras to take the final scores to 30-10.

“It was a big improvement - we just got thrown together in the last few weeks before the comp resumed, we’re just a young side and we’ll get better,” Habib said.

“I think it was a team effort, Jordan Chong Sun was good, so was Josh Natoli and our forwards worked really well today.”

Other matches:

Belrose Eagles 50 def Cronulla Caringbah 12

Hills District 36 def East Campbelltown 18

Ryde Eastwood Hawks 34 def Moorebank Rams 24

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