SRU release fixtures for the 2022 Charter Hall Shute Shield season

Mon, 11/10/2021, 02:00 am
Declan Armstrong
by Declan Armstrong
Who will take home the Charter Hall Shute Shield in 2022? Photo: James O'Donohue
Who will take home the Charter Hall Shute Shield in 2022? Photo: James O'Donohue

Sydney Rugby Union (SRU) has today announced the fixtures for all eighteen rounds of the 2022 Charter Hall Shute Shield season, with the competition officially kicking off on 2 April.

The 2022 season will launch with a flurry of blockbuster matchups, including a Randwick road trip to T G Millner and a 2019 Grand Final rematch between Warringah and Sydney University.

The Rats arguably have one of the most challenging opening months of the season, facing the Students, Norths and Gordon, before hosting rivals Manly in the ever-fiery Battle of the Beaches. Rats and Marlins fans will notice it’s the first of two ‘Beaches’ fixtures in the 2022 season, with the old rivals set to battle it out again on 23 July.

Round One will also see the Western Sydney Two Blues host their first game at Eric Tweedale Stadium, welcoming West Harbour Pirates in a derby match worthy of the brand new facility.

However, the most anticipated fixture on 2 April will see the Beasties host Norths at Woollahra Oval. In the identical match earlier this year, Easts came from behind twice to hand the Shoremen an agonising 2-point defeat, ending the visitors eight-match winning streak and sure to inspire a fiery Round One encounter in 2022.

Norths will face off against Easts in Round One. Photo: Karen Watson
Norths will face off against Easts in Round One. Photo: Karen Watson

The first seven rounds are heavy on traditional and emerging rivalries, with Manly versus West Harbour (Round Two), Randwick versus Eastern Suburbs (Round Four) and Gordon versus Norths (Round Seven) amongst the matches featured.

“The countdown is well and truly underway for the 2022 Charter Hall Shute Shield season, and today’s announcement will only heighten the excitement throughout our competition,” said SRU General Manager Peter Watkins.

“After the disappointment of our COVID-interrupted season this year, each club is working hard to ensure the competition is set for 2 April.

“The Charter Hall Shute Shield is a competitive, strong and passionate rugby competition, and we look forward to seeing all the rugby community and fans enjoying the action in 2022.”

With all twelve teams playing eighteen matches throughout the season, the clubs will enjoy a bye weekend following Round Ten before the run to the finals series begins on 18 June.

As is customary, the run to finals will again be all-important, especially for clubs that have teetered on the precipice of a final position over recent years.

The Marlins will play three of their final four matches at Manly Oval, hosting the Wildfires and Rats before a potentially critical Round Eighteen fixture against the Students on 6 August.

Southern Districts, another club vying for a return to finals rugby in 2022, arguably faces the toughest closing month of anyone in the Shute Shield. The Rebels will visit Gordon, Warringah and Randwick, whilst hosting Norths in Round Sixteen to cap off an incredibly daunting run to week one of the finals series.

The Rebels face a daunting final month of fixtures. Photo: Karen Watson
Souths face a daunting final four rounds. Photo: Karen Watson

Blockbuster fixtures between Eastwood and Norths (Round Fifteen), Easts against Gordon (Round Sixteen) and Norths versus Easts (Round Eighteen) round out the competition and could be integral in shaping the top four.

You’ll be able to catch all the action Live, Ad-Free and On-Demand on Stan Sport.

2022 Charter Hall Shute Shield Fixtures

Round One – Sat 2 April

Eastern Suburbs vs Norths

Eastwood vs Randwick

Warringah vs Sydney University

Souths vs Manly

Wildfires vs Gordon

Two Blues vs West Harbour

Round Two – Sat 9 April

Sydney University vs Randwick

Eastwood vs Eastern Suburbs

Warringah vs Norths

Souths vs Gordon

Manly vs West Harbour

Two Blues vs Wildfires

Round Three – Sat 16 April

Norths vs Souths

Eastern Suburbs vs Two Blues

Gordon vs Warringah

Randwick vs Manly

Wildfires vs Eastwood

West Harbour vs Sydney University

Round Four – Sat 23 April

Sydney University vs Wildfires

Norths vs Eastwood

Warringah vs Manly

Randwick vs Eastern Suburbs

West Harbour vs Souths

Two Blues vs Gordon

Round Five – Sat 30 April

Sydney University vs Two Blues

Eastwood vs Warringah

Gordon vs Randwick

Souths vs Eastern Suburbs

Wildfires vs West Harbour

Manly vs Norths

Round Six – Sat 7 May

Norths vs Sydney University

Eastern Suburbs vs Warringah

Randwick vs Wildfires

West Harbour vs Gordon

Manly vs Eastwood

Two Blues vs Souths

Round Seven – Sat 14 May

Eastern Suburbs vs Sydney University

Eastwood vs West Harbour

Warringah vs Two Blues

Gordon vs Norths

Souths vs Randwick

Wildfires vs Manly

Round Eight – Sat 21 May

Sydney University vs Souths

Norths vs West Harbour

Eastwood vs Two Blues

Randwick vs Warringah

Wildfires vs Eastern Suburbs

Manly vs Gordon

Round Nine – Sat 28 May

Eastern Suburbs vs Manly

Warringah vs Wildfires

Gordon vs Sydney University

Souths vs Eastwood

West Harbour vs Randwick

Two Blues vs Norths

Round Ten – Sat 4 June

Sydney University vs Eastwood

Warringah vs West Harbour

Gordon vs Eastern Suburbs

Randwick vs Norths

Wildfires vs Souths

Manly vs Two Blues

Round Eleven – Sat 18 June

Sydney University vs Manly

Norths vs Wildfires

Eastwood vs Gordon

Souths vs Warringah

West Harbour vs Eastern Suburbs

Two Blues vs Randwick

Round Twelve – Sat 25 June

Norths vs Manly

Eastern Suburbs vs Randwick

Warringah vs Eastwood

Gordon vs West Harbour

Souths vs Two Blues

Wildfires vs Sydney University

Round Thirteen – Sat 2 July

Sydney University vs Eastern Suburbs

Eastwood vs Wildfires

Randwick vs Gordon

West Harbour vs Norths

Manly vs Souths

Two Blues vs Warringah

Round Fourteen – Sat 9 July

Norths vs Gordon

Eastern Suburbs vs Eastwood

Warringah vs Randwick

Souths vs Sydney University

Wildfires vs Two Blues

West Harbour vs Manly

Round Fifteen – Sat 16 July

Sydney University vs Warringah

Eastwood vs Norths

Gordon vs Souths

Randwick vs West Harbour

Manly vs Wildfires

Two Blues vs Eastern Suburbs

Round Sixteen – Sat 23 July

Eastern Suburbs vs Gordon

Eastwood vs Sydney University

Souths vs Norths

Wildfires vs Randwick

West Harbour vs Two Blues

Manly vs Warringah

Round Seventeen – Sat 30 July

Sydney University vs West Harbour

Norths vs Two Blues

Eastern Suburbs vs Wildfires

Warringah vs Souths

Gordon vs Manly

Randwick vs Eastwood

Round Eighteen – Sat 6 August

Norths vs Eastern Suburbs

Gordon vs Wildfires

Randwick vs Souths

West Harbour vs Warringah

Manly vs Sydney University

Two Blues vs Eastwood

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