South Grafton High on track to retain DEX Shield title

2015 DEX Shield Round 2: South Grafton High captain Mason Graham and coach Matt McKee discuss the side's less than convincing 32 to 20 win over rivals Grafton High in round 2 of the 2015 Daily Examiner Shield Open Rugby League competition at Frank McGuren Field on Monday, 15th of June, 2015
2015 DEX Shield Round 2: South Grafton High captain Mason Graham and coach Matt McKee discuss the side's less than convincing 32 to 20 win over rivals Grafton High in round 2 of the 2015 Daily Examiner Shield Open Rugby League competition at Frank McGuren Field on Monday, 15th of June, 2015

South Grafton defeated Grafton High 32 to 20 at Frank McGuren Field but not before a late scare as Grafton closed the deficit to six late in the match.

With a University Shield North Coast final awaiting on Thursday and holding a seemingly comfortable lead in the latter stages, coach Matt McKee opted to rest key players.

However, a disastrous string of handling errors from South Grafton and a determined and courageous effort from Grafton conspired to see the gap close and with six minutes on the clock there was still time for a massive upset.

The likes of Nick and Tom McGrady and James Hughes were quickly rushed back on and sure enough a Hughes break led to a Tom McGrady try to secure the win.

Grafton High once again forfeited in the Under-14s to South Grafton while defending champions Maclean were upstaged by McAuley and will need a big win over South Grafton to retain the title when the two clash in the third and final round of the competition next Wednesday at McKittrick Park.

University Shield quarterfinal - Maclean HS v Sarah Redfern HS: Sarah Redfern High School defeated Maclean High School 74-0 in the quarterfinal of the 2014 University Shield NSW CHS Open Rugby League knockout.
University Shield quarterfinal - Maclean HS v Sarah Redfern HS: Sarah Redfern High School defeated Maclean High School 74-0 in the quarterfinal of the 2014 University Shield NSW CHS Open Rugby League knockout.