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Game Preview - 2018 Round 17

By Samuel Lindsay

vs Gordon (A)



Southern Districts are heading north to Chatswood Oval looking to finish the season in style. Chatswood has been a relatively happy camping ground for the Rebels over the past few seasons, aside from a draw in 2014, Souths have returned home with maximum points. On the surface Gordon have endured a torrid season in 1st Grade, with one win coming in the form of a Penrith bye this season. The Highlanders will have a point to prove in what shapes to be their final game in front of a home crowd in 2018. Southern Districts won’t be taking the fixture for granted, looking to finish our season on a high note over the next two weeks.

Liam Dwyer remains sidelined with a rib injury which may keep him out for the remainder of the season. This sees Duncan Chubb retain the starting hooker role, after a cameo from Sama Malolo from the bench last weekend after returning to the club after a season at the Melbourne Rebels. Alex Perez sustained a shoulder injury which has ruled him out of the contest. The backrower hadn’t missed a 2018 fixture to date. His replacement comes in the form of winger Luke Smart. Long term supporters will know all too well that Luke is more than familiar with the backrow. With a back three of Christian Kagiassis, Will Thomas and Rowland Keni-Kotabalavau, Smart steps in as a readymade replacement.

Back at Forshaw there’s a stack of mouth-watering fixtures in store. Contrary to Grade, Gordon Colts currently occupy 2nd place in 1st Colts, just five points ahead of Southern Districts. Gordon currently occupies top three positions in all Colts grades, making your support vital to our success. It’s the last home round of the regular season for our Colts boys who are looking at heading into the finals with a wet sail. At Chatswood, first grade will be kicking-off at 3pm and the first game of the day, fourth grade will get underway at 10:45am, with Colts fixtures getting underway at Forshaw at 12:20pm.



SDRC TEAM NEWS

Starting Line-up

1. Matt Gibbon

2. Duncan Chubb

3. Shambeckler Vui

4. Angus Ryan

5. Jake Douglas

6. Luke Smart

7. Conor Mitchell

8. Marcus Carbone (c)

9. Waldo Wessels

10. Rohan Saifoloi

11. Christian Kagiassis

12. Apolosi Latunipulu

13. Denny Godinet

14. Rowland-Keni Kotabalavau

15. Will Thomas

STATS

Form – Last 5 matches

Southern Districts W L W L L

Gordon L L L L L

Southern Districts vs Gordon at Chatswood – Past 5 years

2016 Round 15  Gordon 12 – 42 Southern Districts

2015 Round 7  Gordon 21 – 23 Southern Districts

2014 Round 18 Gordon 32 – 32 Southern Districts

2013 Round 15 Gordon 28 – 66 Southern Districts

Southern Districts 5 year record vs Gordon

P W D L F A

Forshaw Rugby Park 4 4 0 0 226 97

Chatswood Oval 4 3 1 0 163 93

Total 8 7 1 0 389 190

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