ONE MORE: Southern Districts captain Jed Holloway is hit during last week’s qualifying final win over Eastwood. PHOTO: KAREN WATSON
ONE MORE: Southern Districts captain Jed Holloway is hit during last week’s qualifying final win over Eastwood. PHOTO: KAREN WATSON Karen Watson

Holloway endures weekend of close scrapes

LESS than 24 hours after watching his teammates nab a final-minute Super Rugby grand final win, NSW Waratah Jed Holloway faced another sudden-death situation.

Powered by a night of celebrations and a severe lack of sleep, Holloway scored a try and captained Southern Districts to a two-point victory over Eastwood to keep his side's Shute Shield season alive.

The circumstances were remarkably similar to the Tahs' win, as Ben Volavola slotted a penalty goal four minutes from fulltime to seal victory.

"I kept it relatively quiet," Holloway said of the premiership celebration.

"There wasn't much sleep and I was emotionally drained. Even though you're not doing anything you still feel drained. You go through every emotion sitting there. I can't put it into words.

"It's such a good feeling to be part of the first NSW team to win the title."

His job is not over yet, with this Sunday's semi-final against Sydney University all that stands between Holloway and the chance at an historic double.

Uni won its only game during the season 30-18, but it's the 15-14 loss in the 2012 decider that spurs Southern Districts on.

"There's nothing more that I want to do than beat Uni," Holloway said.

"They've made the final every year for years and I'd like to see them out.

"We're definitely the underdogs. We perform better when we're the underdogs so it's a position we love."

 Southern Districts v Sydney Uni will be televised on ABC TV 3pm Sunday.



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