Helped by losses to the two teams above them, the Marlins move up one place to second and now trail front-running Eastwood by just two points.
Randwick notched up another win, overcoming Southern Districts to move up one place to sixth overall. Overall leader Eastwood also suffered a shock home loss, going down to Eastern Suburbs by 28 points to 25.
In other matches, Penrith fought hard but fell short against West Harbour, while Sydney University, out-muscled Gordon, and Parramatta ran over Warringah.
Among the strong crowd at Chatwood Oval was Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver, who said he was impressed by the standard of Sydney Premiership Rugby. “I’ve been to four matches now, I’m enjoying it and loving it. Look, club rugby is in great shape. This is the third tier of Australian rugby and we clearly want to support club rugby. We’d love to get the popularity of club rugby going, so from an ARU perspective we’re going to do everything we can to support club rugby.”
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