A WEEK after leading Sydney University to a first-grade colts premiership, Newcastle-born prop Harry Johnson-Holmes could be set to make his debut for the NSW Country Eagles in the National Rugby Championship.
GRIPPING VIEWING: Hamilton players watched the final stages of Warringah’s 30-25 win over Northern Suburbs on the grand final on a television inside a tent at Passmore Oval.
The former Wanderer is one of nine Students contracted to the Eagles. His selection, given the lack of senior rugby experience, shows the high regard in which the flamed-head front-rower is held. He scored two tries in the Students’ 63-15 win over Eastern Suburbs in the colts decider. The loose head played for the Australian under-20s at the IRB championships in June. The Eagles open their NRC account against Greater Sydney Rams, which features another Wanderer, Andrew Tuala, at TJ Milner Oval on Sunday.
* Steve Sione’s match-winning try for Hamilton in the 14-10 triumph over Merewether was his 23rdin just 13 games this season to make the No.8 a clear winner in the leading try-scorer stakes. Wanderers centre Dillon Rowney was next with 19. Hamilton replacement halfback Paul Dan didn’t score a try but the Francis Xavier school teacher silenced a few young Merewether hecklers with a brilliant sideline conversion.
* Full-time hadbarely blown and the Hawks raced over to a tent to watch the final stages of Warringah’sgripping 30-25 win over Northern Suburbs in the Shute Shield grand final on TV. Chris Pusi and Tieuti Asi started the season with the Rats, who are coached by DarrenColeman, the older brother of Hawks boss Scott.
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* In a great achievement, Wanderers claimed the senior and junior club championship double last weekend.
* University fullback Fausto Delli Carpini was spared a piece of history –and a nudie run –when he regathered his own kick to score a try in the Students’ 57-33 win over The Waratahs. The Argentine entered the final round having scored 127points without crossing the stripe for five-pointer. His 143 points for the season was third on the leading point-scorers list, 70 adrift of runaway winner Luke Simmons (Wanderers). Maitland’s Jono Maloney was next with 150 points.
* Emerging referee Dru Tonks is in Samoa this weekend officiating at a international sevens tournament. His absence has opened the door for Rob Delboux and Brendon Farrar to control the two first grade finals. However, Tonks remains a contender to control the grand final.