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Game Preview - 2018 Round 1

By Samuel Lindsay


Southern Districts will get their 2018 campaign underway in front of a home crowd at Forshaw Rugby Park against a Penrith Emus side packed with desire to get their season off and running.

Head Coach Matt Barr alongside Club President Ken McKay have had a busy summer with 4 players set to make their debuts in the candy stripes first grade this weekend. After a strong off-season program dating back to early November, there has been a fresh approach building towards Round 1 with the inclusion of new Strength & Conditioning Coach Klint Hoare. Combined with the addition of a third trial game, the Rebels will be confident they can build some early momentum this season. Southern Districts have had the luxury of retaining the core of their playing group heading into 2018, however a number of 1st Grade regulars have been ruled out through injury. This has injected plenty of fresh faces into the group bringing plenty of energy and eagerness to press for a regular starting place.

There have been plenty of changes out West at the Emus camp, with new coaches Peter Nuimata and Chip Carroll set to take the reins in their first competition game. Following on from a strong recruitment drive, the Emus will be bringing an enthusiastic, motivated and dangerous side to Sydney’s south.

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


1st Grade Debuts

Shambeckler Vui

Bayley Kuenzle

William Latu

Christian Kagiassis


None in Round 1

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


Southern Districts vs Penrith Emus at Forshaw Rugby Park – Past 5 years

2017       Round 16             Southern Districts 76 – 12 Penrith Emus

2016       Round 17             Southern Districts 64 – 13 Penrith Emus

2015       Round 17             Southern Districts 76 – 10 Penrith Emus

2014       Round 13             Southern Districts 44 – 22 Penrith Emus

2013       Round 4               Southern Districts 32 – 12 Penrith Emus

Form – Last 5 matches

 Southern Districts  W W W W L
 Penrith Emus  L L L L L

Southern Districts 5 year record vs Penrith Emus

 Forshaw Rugby Park 5 5 0  292  69
 Nepean Rugby Park 5 5 0  330  54
 Total  10  10 0  622  123

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