Author Archives: Paul Cook

All White on the night as Wallabies dismantle All Blacks in Perth

Hands up who saw this one coming? C’mon be honest… After a year where Australian rugby’s headlines have revolved around another lacklustre effort in Super Rugby, the ongoing Israel Folau saga, and the diminishing lack of funds available in the sport, the Wallabies put a smile back on everyone’s faces on Saturday night with a resounding, and record-breaking, 47-26 victory over the All Blacks in front of over 60,000 in Perth.

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Pirates treasure the memories after Concord’s last flight (…for now)

It was the end of an era on Saturday for West Harbour, and indeed Australian rugby, as one of the most iconic grounds in the country, Concord Oval, hosted its last ever match before being redeveloped, when the Pirates took on Sydney University. So before the bulldozers move in to scoop away so many magical memories, here’s a little look back at the life of a footy ground, and the club with which it’s history is intertwined, with a bit of help from those who called it home…

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‘Feltsch’ flies again as off-colour Rats down gutsy Two Blues

Warringah’s blushes were spared by a couple of veterans last weekend, as a brace from Josh Holmes and a runaway try to 200-gamer Dave Feltscheer, helped the team at the top of the table, eventually see off an impressively gutsy and spirited performance from the team at the bottom, Western Sydney Two Blues, 34-17 at Pittwater Rugby Park. Here’s how it all played out…

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Determined Gordon down Norths in dramatic derby victory

With 76pts, 11 tries and five yellow cards, the second North Shore derby of the season certainly didn’t disappoint, unless you are of a red and black persuasion. It ended with a first victory for Gordon over Northern Suburbs at North Sydney Oval since 2011, 42-34, and a significant shot in the arm to the Highlander’s chances of a first finals appearance since 2009. But having led 21-3, 28-8, 35-15, and 42-22 at different stages of the match, losing three players to the sin bin in quick succession in the closing stages almost cost them a memorable victory. Here’s how it all played out…

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‘Big Sam’ Mk II hoping Rats maintain winning momentum

It was the look of shock on their faces that told the story. Billed as a grand final rematch and a chance for Warringah to exact revenge for the heavy loss in last season’s title decider, the round three clash between the Rats and Sydney University at Uni Oval No.2 in April, had just finished an incredible 50-0 in favour of the reigning Premiers. 10 weeks later however, and the Rats sit five points clear at the top of the ladder, having won nine in a row and downed the Students in the return fixture at Rat Park last weekend. Now that’s a turnaround worth exploring further…

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