Shute Shield Match Preview: Eastern Suburbs v Eastwood

Easts Scrum Feed - Karen Watson

Eastern Suburbs left it until late against Parramatta last weekend, scoring 19 unanswered points in the final five minutes to claim a 34-20 come from behind win over the Two Blues.

“We got a positive result from a mixed performance but overall I don't think we can be happy with that effort,” Easts coach Craig Morrison said.

Flyhalf Mack Mason will make his second appearance for his new club alongside Australian U20s lock Ryan McCauley, with Eastwood also expected to play Waratahs hookers Damien Fitzpatrick and Hugh Roach.

“Eastwood are a big and mobile side so we need to improve defensively in all areas. We’ll need to contain their big running forward and their threats in the mid field, that will be critical,” Morrison said.

Despite starting the season with two impressive bonus point wins, Woodies coach Stu Woodhouse only rated his side’s start to the year a 7/10.

“There is still plenty of room for improvement in both our attack and defence. As a group, we’re still learning and mistakes have been made in the first couple of rounds but we've been working towards fixing that,” he said.

“We’ve created a lot of opportunities in our first two matches but we aren’t always finishing them off, so I’d like to see that area of our game improve this weekend.”

Eastwood play the third of four straight away matches to start the season this weekend and can set themselves up nicely for the back end of the year with another win.

“It won’t be easy. Easts will be enthusiastic, hard on the ball and dangerous on their counter attack.”

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