Easterns Suburbs into final
July 21, 2007

Eastern Suburbs has crushed Warringah 41-12 in today's Tooheys New Preliminary Final at Woollahra Oval to book a place in the Grand Final at the Sydney Football Stadium against Sydney University next weekend.

Eastern Suburbs steamrolled Warringah 41-12 in Saturday's Tooheys New Shute Shield Preliminary Final to storm into next week's Grand Final at the Sydney Football Stadium against Sydney University.

The Rats outstanding form run came to a crushing halt at Woollahra Oval as Easts went onto the attack from the opening whistle.

The Beasts scored in the third minute after Matt McGann crossed in a rolling maul setup by a lineout near the left corner. It would prove to be a feature of Easts attack in the game.

Anthony Faingaa converted superbly from the touchline for a 7-nil lead.

Another penalty put Easts out by 10 points before Anton La Vin crossed for a simple backline execution from a scrum win 5 metres out.

The conversion made it 17-nil with 10 minutes to play in the first half and if it weren't for a couple of mistakes Easts would have been up by a lot more at the break.

Warringah came out with more purpose in the second half but failed to penetrate the home side's defences.

Ten minutes into the final forty and Easts lethal scrumhalf Luke Burgess cut the Rats defence to shreds almost scoring.

A penalty resulted but skipper Tom Egan elected to kick for touch rather than taking the shot at goal.

The Beasts were rewarded from another rolling maul following the lineout. Flanker Ben Hopkins diving over for Easts third try.

Eastern Suburbs were in total control at 22-nil and showed no signs of letting up.

Tom Azar scored a sharp looking try after hitting a flat Luke Burgess ball close in then Junior Puroku scored in the left corner to pump the scoreline to a massive 34-nil.

Brett Sheehan kept fighting all day for the Rats and inspired the first try by the green and whites by charging at the line from a lineout so that Scott Fardy could sneak the ball over from the base of the ruck which followed.

Sheehan converted although replays showed that the ball appeared to have shaved the post on the outside.

Easts weren't done though as Puroku latched onto an intercept to make it 41-7.

Anton La Vin was yellow carded close to fulltime and the Rats scored an easy try through Matt Clarke to finish the match.

In the end Easts ran in 6 tries to 2 for 41-12 victory.

They will face Sydney University in the Grand Final next week.

Gordon is into the Tooheys New Plate Final against Manly after coming from behind to down Parramatta at Chatswood Oval today.

Scoring details below.

TRIES: Junior Puroku (2), Matt McGann (1), Anton La Vin (1), Ben Hopkins (1), Tom Azar (1)
CONS: Anthony Faingaa (4)
PENS: Anthony Faingaa (1)

TRIES: Scott Fardy (1), Matt Clarke (1)
CONS: Brett Sheehan (1)

Halftime: Eastern Suburbs 17-nil

Gordon is into the Tooheys New Plate Final against Manly after coming from behind to down Parramatta at Chatswood Oval today.

TRIES: Villi Napa'a (1), Gordon Kome (1), Billy Rainima (1), Mark Preston (1), John Dyason (1)
CONS: David Harvey (4)
PENS: David Harvey (2)

PARRAMATTA - 26 TRIES: John Natadra (1), Dave Alo (1), Paula Kaveinga (1), Richard Penisini (1)
CONS: Paula Kaveinga (1), Tom Woods (2)

Halftime: Parramatta 19-15



Sydney University v Eastern Suburbs - Sydney Football Stadium

TOOHEYS NEW PLATE GRAND FINAL, Saturday 28 July, 12.45pm

Manly v Gordon - Sydney Football Stadium

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