Intrust Super Shute Shield: Hot Shots & Pie-Baggers – Post Round 17
We’re down to the last weekend of the regular season in the 2018 Intrust Super Shute Shield regular season, and all that remains to be settled is who will meet each other in week one of the finals.
Congratulations to Sydney University, who have all but mathematically wrapped up the Minor Premiership, and will likely host Eastern Suburbs in the knockout stages as a result. But who plays who and where between Northern Suburbs, Manly, Warringah and Eastwood, won’t be decided until around 5pm this Saturday evening.
Round 17 was another high-scoring affair, with just over 65pts scored per game across the five matches. But who was lighting it up in the individual try-scoring and points-scoring stakes?
Taking the plaudits this week was Christian Kagiassis. Three tries and eight conversions gave the Southern Districts utility back a mammoth 31pt haul, in the Rebels’ 71-33 win at Chatswood Oval.
Next cab off the rank was Sydney University’s impressive super-boot James Kane, who racked up 18pts for the Students against Randwick. And he was closely followed by Northern Suburbs’ chief conductor Angus Sinclair with 16, and Parramatta’s Netane Masima, who claimed 15pts in the Two Blues’ agonising 1pt loss to Manly.
Marlin Nick Holton also grabbed 11pts in that match, and was joined in double-figures by West Harbour’s impressive kiwi pivot Sam Malcolm.
But that 31pt salvo from Kagiassis, not only restores him to the top of the Roscoe Fay standings, it also opens up a 13pt buffer over Kane in second, that will seemingly be hard to overcome in 80 minutes. The unfortunate caveat to that of course, is that the Students’ last game comes against Gordon, who are averaging just under a whopping 59pts per match in 2018.
Kagiassis’ hat-trick of tries also put him top of the pie-baggers list for round 17. But he was matched in the chalk-crossing stakes by the seemingly unstoppable Richie Woolf, who grabbed his 8th try in the last three games for a Northern Suburbs side clicking nicely into gear in time for the finals.
Behind them there were only a couple of doubles to highlight, as the round saw an incredible 40 different players sharing the tries.
James Kane again gets a mention for his brace against Randwick to back up his fine work with that sledgehammer left boot. But while we’re used to seeing the name Holmes featuring prominently on the scorers list for Warringah, this week it was elder brother Luke that took the plaudits for the Rats with a double against West Harbour, despite Josh chipping in with his customary meat pie.
All of which sees Woolf shoot past the younger Holmes to the top of the tree with a total of 16 for the season, with a two-try lead going into Saturday’s finale. Then it’s a three-way tie on 11 between Southern Districts’ impressive skipper Marcus Carbone, Eastwood’s former-Sevens star Pama Fou, and Manly’s future Sevens star Josh Turner.
Who takes the pie-baggers crown for 2018?
* All results for games against Penrith awarded 28-0, and scorers records expunged