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Game Preview - 2018 Round 2

By Samuel Lindsay

vs WEST HARBOUR PIRATES (A)



Southern Districts have jumped out to top the Shute Shield ladder following a 62 – 7 victory over Penrith Emus at Forshaw Park last weekend. Round 2 sees Southern Districts away from home when they visit Concord Oval for the first time since 2016.  The Rebels will have a full compliment available after finishing Round 1 generally unscathed, Matt Barr has had the luxury of naming an unchanged squad for Round 2. There was also plenty of evidence on the weekend that structures put in place over the off-season are finally beginning to settle within the playing group.

West Harbour enjoyed a similar run of form to Souths at the back end of 2017 and whilst they could only catapult themselves into 8th on the ladder; there was plenty of promise about the team heading into 2018. The loss of Ken Catchpole medal winner, Tyler Adams, to the Melbourne Rebels is a big loss, however the club from Concord demonstrated in their trial games, they are a dangerous side playing without fear, unafraid afraid to move the ball around. West Harbour opened their 2018 season with a loss at Eastern Suburbs, but only narrowly, picking up a bonus point in the process.

1st Grade will kick-off at 3pm with the first game of the day, 4th Grade getting underway at 10:45am.

SDRC TEAM NEWS

No Changes have been made by Head Coach Matt Barr ahead of Round 2. The playing group have enjoyed uninterrupted training with no injuries acquired over the opening weekend.

Milestones

Conor Young is set to play his 50th Southern Districts grade game from the bench.

Starting Line-up

1. Matt Gibbon

2. Liam Dwyer

3. Shambeckler Vui

4. Angus Ryan

5. Fili Tufui

6. Alex Perez

7. Conor Mitchell

8. Marcus Carbone (c)

9. Eli Pilz

10. Bayley Kuenzle

11. Rowland-Keni Kotabalavau

12. Denny Godinet

13. William Latu

14. Christian Kagiassis

15. Jamie Verran

STATS

Form – Last 5 matches

Southern Districts W W W L W

West Harbour W W W W L

Southern Districts vs Penrith Emus at Concord Oval – Past 5 years

2016 Round 2 West Harbour 21 – 52 Southern Districts

2015 Round 18 West Harbour 17 – 16 Southern Districts

2013 Round 10 West Harbour 30 – 26 Southern Districts

Southern Districts 5 year record vs West Harbour

P W L F A

Forshaw Rugby Park 4 3 1 119 103

Concord Oval 3 1 2 94 68

Total 7 4 3 213 171

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