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Sydney Shield Rd 8 | Belrose emerge victors in battle of the Eagles

With finals soon approaching, this weeks match-ups will be one of the last chances for teams to etch their way up the Sydney Shield ladder.

The Belrose Eagles have defeated East Campbelltown Eagles 24-16 at Waminda Oval keep their position in second place on the Sydney Shield ladder.

The away side got off to a good start, with big man Steven Tavita crashing his way over the line in the 16th minute and five-eighth William Kelly added the extras to take them out to a 6-0 lead.

But the home side hit back shortly after through lock Luke Williams and Shannon Gallant converted to tie the scores up.

The stalemate didn’t last long as Belrose fullback Jake Pickering used his speed to put his team in front once more and Kelly converted for them to lead by one converted try.

Pickering wasn’t done yet though as he picked up a double going into the halftime break and Kelly was successful once more to put the Eagles out to an 18-6 lead.

Campbelltown made a comeback in the second half, with Jaycob Oloaga and Shannon Gallant recording tries, Gallant’s in the last five minutes of the match but unfortunately his goal kicking wasn’t on point so Belrose were in front comfortably and managed the win.

Bulls gutsy comeback falls short to Tigers

The Helensburgh Tigers have survived a gutsy comeback by the Hills District Bulls, 34-28 in their Saturday afternoon clash.

The Tigers had shown nothing but dominance in the first half, having conceded 10 points to by the 10th minute of the game, with two tries scored by centre Charly Runciman and fullback Zeik Foster.

Tasmin Gilmour and winger William Russell soon followed suit, both scoring within two-minutes of each other and upping Helensburgh’s lead to 22-0.

At the 15th minute, Hills finally got a four-pointer down thanks to winger Christopher McCoy but Tigers were hot on their tail soon after, with Runciman scoring his second try of the day and increasing the scorecard to 28-6.

The Bulls didn’t go down without a fight, as they proceeded to score a further five tries in the match to catch up to the Tigers, but their four out of six missed conversions were the downfall to their defeat.

Azan Turoa for the Tigers scored their last try to bump their lead up and Christopher McCoy for the Bulls ended the day with three tries to his name, scoring the final two for his side in their gutsy attempt to claim the match.

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