Eastwood reclaim top spot with win over Gordon
August 7, 2005

A personal haul of 27 points from Skipper Tim Donnelly has led Eastwood to a comprehensive 52-28 Tooheys New Cup victory over Gordon at Chatswood Oval.

The win sees the Woodies reclaim first place on the competition ladder, just 24 hours after Sydney University stole top billing with a win over the Canberra Vikings.

Donnelly crossed for three tries and kicked six conversions in the eight tries to four victory, however his haul could have been even more impressive, with the Woodies awarded a penalty try just when Donnelly appeared bound for the tryline.

The number 10's efforts have also seen him extend his lead over Waratah team mate Peter Hewat (Manly) in the race for top pointscorer, with Donnelly now on 131 points for the season compared to Hewat's 94.

EASTWOOD 52 - Tim Donnelly 3, Matt Miller 2, Justin Wheatley, Al McDonald tries; Penalty try; Tim Donnelly 6 conversions.

GORDON 28 - Luke Sweeney 2, Seva Rokobaro, Dustin McGregor tries; Dave Harvey 4 conversions.

At Chatswood Oval
Half Time: Eastwood 40-7.


Sydney University claimed top spot - if only for a day - courtesy of a 41-20 victory over Canberra at University Oval.

Eastwood's victory over Gordon relegated the Students to second place, while Canberra has gone from first to fifth in the space of two weeks, after their second straight defeat.

Both teams - boosted by the return of Wallaby representatives Brendan Cannon (Uni), Clyde Rathbone, Matt Henjak & Nic Henderson (all Canberra) - were predicted to put in efforts worthy of their lofty positions on the competition ladder, however it was Uni and its Super 12 standard forward pack that stole the points.

Canberra held the bulk of possession in the opening minutes, and after nine straight phases at the University line the Vikings opened the scoring through winger Tim Cornforth.

Beau Dunley's sideline conversion was successful, handing the visitors a 7-nil lead inside the first four minutes of play.

A dropped ball off the kick off gave Uni its first attacking opportunity, and without surrendering possession they went in through skipper Tim Davidson, who crashed over off a Daniel Halangahu short ball.

Scott Stumbles was unsuccessful with the conversion attempt, but the feeling around University Oval was that it was only a matter of time before the Students took the lead.

The feeling would be proven spot on when fullback Nigel Staniforth charged onto the end of a worked move in the 16th minute to put Sydney University into the lead at 12-7.

Canberra struck next, with returning Wallaby Rathbone showing he's fully recovered from injury with a 40 metre sprint that resulted in a converted try under the posts.

However just as had happened earlier in the match Uni would soon strike back, Tom Carter punishing a Vikings error to full effect to also touch down under the posts.

The pivotal moment of the match came just before the half time break, with Uni's scrum sitting the Vikings eight on their heels five metres out from their own tryline.

Two scrums later the Students were in for their fourth try, with Davidson breaking off the back to cross for his second of the match and secure his side a bonus point.

Trailing 26-14 at the break, Canberra set up shop in the Uni half in the opening minutes of the second half, Daniel Callaghan edging the Vikings closer with a penalty goal nine minutes in.

A second three-pointer from Callaghan got the Vikings back to within a converted try, however one from Stumbles with 18 minutes remaining gave the Students breathing space at 29-20.

It would prove to be more than enough, with the match secured for Sydney Uni when visiting English referee Tony Spreadbury awarded a penalty try for repeated infringements at the scrum base with three minutes play remaining.

Carter rubbed salt into the wounds on full time, crossing for his second five pointer of the match to give Uni a 41-20 victory.

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY 41 - Tim Davidson 2, Tom Carter 2, Nigel Staniforth tries; 1 penalty try; Scott Stumbles 3 conversions, penalty goal; Daniel Halangahu conversion.

CANBERRA 20 - Tim Cornforth, Clyde Rathbone tries; Beau Dunley 1 conversion; Daniel Callaghan conversion, 2 penalty goals.

At University Oval No. 1
Half Time: Uni 26-14


Not content with running neck and neck on the competition ladder, nothing could split Manly and Eastern Suburbs after 80 minutes at Manly Oval, with the two sides playing out 31-all draw.

Easts ran in five tries to four in what was an entertaining spectacle, the kicking of Peter Hewat bridging the gap for the home side in the finish.

MANLY 31 - James Campbell, Seru Rogo, Paul Sheedy, Jono Wheaton tries; Peter Hewat 4 conversions, penalty goal.

EASTERN SUBURBS 31 - Lloyd Jones 2, Gavin De Bartolo 2, Angus Esselmont tries; Rex Tapuai 2 conversions; Gavin De Bartolo 2 conversions.

At Manly Oval
Half Time: Manly 17-12


West Harbour has moved up into eighth place on the Tooheys New Cup ladder, the Pirates keeping their slim play off hopes alive with a 40-28 victory over Northern Suburbs at Concord Oval.

Lupeni Siale crossed twice for the home side, while the Shoremen were again reliant on Super 12 pairing Cameron Shepherd and Adam Ashley-Cooper, both of whom crossed for five pointers.

WEST HARBOUR 40 - Lupeni Siale 2, Kieran Massey, Richard O'Connor, Viliami Fililava, Taumei Hikila tries; Kieran Massey 5 conversions.

NORTHERN SUBURBS 28 - Cameron Shepherd, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Nick Lah tries; Chris Yates 2 converD"Arial">PARRAMATTA 29 - Naibuka Tuiola 3, Roland Herea, Pelea Afu tries; Jarrod Murphy 2 conversions.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 25 - Billy Ratu, Michael Black, Anton La Vin tries; Darren Kapene 2 conversions, 2 penalty goals.

At Forshaw Rugby Park
Half Time: Parramatta 19-10


A hat-trick to winger Peter Owens has led Warringah to a big 52-17 win over Penrith at Nepean Rugby Park.

In all, the Green Rats crossed for eight tries in the win, which was in the bag by half time when the visitors led 24-0.

WARRINGAH 52 - Peter Owens 3, Hugh Willoughby, Wycliff Palu, Mark Gerrard, Clint Eadie, Josh Holmes tries; Mark Gerrard 4 conversions, Michael Ruthven 2 conversions.

PENRITH 17 - Clint Marama, Sam Taiseni, Iain Cowan tries; Iain Cowan conversion.

At Nepean Rugby Park
Half Time: Warringah 24-0



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