Warringah hold off Highlanders comeback


Warringah have survived a thrilling second half comeback by Gordon to record a five point victory at Chatswood Oval in the ABC TV Game of the Day.

Gordon was the only team in the top six to be defeated this weekend with Manly, Sydney University, Randwick and Eastern Suburbs also recording victories.


Eastwood remain one point adrift of the top six despite a 64-point victory over Penrith


Tooheys New Shute Shield - Round 14 Scores
Warringah 31 d Gordon 26 at Chatswood Oval
Manly 31 d Parramatta 14 at Manly Oval
Eastwood 76 d Penrith 12 at T.G. Millner Field
Sydney University 60 d West Harbour 15 at University Oval No.1
Randwick 46 d Southern Districts 15 at Coogee Oval
Eastern Suburbs 36 d Northern Suburbs 16 at Woollahra Oval
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Gordon v Warringah at Chatswood Oval
A second half comeback from Gordon fell just short with Warringah holding on for a 31-26 victory at Chatswood Oval.


John Kennedy and Josh Holmes each scored doubles for the Rats who led by 24 points at half-time.


The momentum shifted almost immediately after the break with the Highlanders getting to within three points before Warringah's fifth try sealed the game.


Warringah were out of the blocks early when a break by HSBC Waratahs recruit Holmes ended in the hands of Kennedy who crossed.


Not long after, the man who Holmes is replacing at the Waratahs, Brett Sheehan, targeted the blind side with a swift cut-out pass which put Dylan Smouha over in the corner.


One of Gordon's most promising raids was snuffed out by young lock Hugh Pyle who intercepted and triggered a charge downfield. With great back-up through the hands, Kennedy crossed for his second adjacent to the posts, with Sheehan's first conversion sending the Rats to a 17-0 lead.


They weren't done with however, and when Sheehan kicked through for Holmes to score, the conversion sent Warringah to the break with a bonus point already in the bag and a 24-0 advantage.


Chris Alcock was rewarded for his stellar performance with the opening points of the second half when he crossed, and Dave Harvey's conversion closed the margin to 17 points.


Gordon continued to apply the pressure and crossed through Western Force hooker Ben Whittaker. Harvey again converted to leave the scoreline 24-14 with 15 minutes to play.


The momentum was well and truly with the Highlanders and a break from HSBC Junior Waratahs prop Ofa Fainga'anuku resulted in a try under the posts a few phases later to Harvey, who duly converted his own try to reduce the margin to three after 70 minutes.


An extended injury break after a collapsed scrum seemed to do the trick for Warringah who started to gain the edge.


A run around from Sheehan and Beau Robinson then released Holmes on halfway, with the scrumhalf-come-centre showing great speed to outpace the Gordon outside backs over 45m for his second try. Sheehan converted with three minutes remaining for a ten-point advantage and the game was over.


Gordon however ensured the home side finished the game with some reward for their comeback, crossing through Josh Kiel two minutes after the full-time bell to earn two bonus points.

Warringah 31 (John Kennedy 2, Josh Holmes 2, Dylan Smouha tries; Brett Sheehan 3 cons) d Gordon 26 (Chris Alcock, Ben Whittaker, Dave Harvey, Josh Kiel tries; Dave Harvey 3 cons) at Chatswood Oval. Referee: Steve Hardy. HT: Warringah 24-0.



Manly v Parramatta at Manly Oval
Manly were forced to work hard to record a 31-14 victory over Parramatta and retain their eight-point advantage at the top of the competition.


The Two Blues brought their A-game to Manly in the first half and the two sides could not be separated after 40 minutes, going to the break at 7-all.


However the Marlins asserted their dominance in the second half scoring three tries to one to secure the bonus point win.

Manly 31 (James Lakepa, Mark Fisher, Will Brame, Josh Gamgee tries; Adam D'Arcy 4 cons, pen) d Parramatta 14 (Ryan Anesko, Steve Mafi tries; Aaron Mattin 2 cons) at Manly Oval. Referee: Daniel Cheever. HT: 7-all.



Eastwood v Penrith at T.G. Millner Field
Eastwood have attained the highest score of the 2009 Tooheys New Shute Shield with a 76-12 victory over Penrith at T.G. Millner Field.


The Woodies were on top from the outset, rushing to a 34-0 lead at the break before scoring at more than a point a minute in the second half to run away with the match.


John Grant picked up a hat-trick of tries for the home side, with Barry Fa'amuasili, Western Force half Chris O'Young and captain Hugh Perrett all collecting doubles.


Ben Batger converted nine of Eastwood's 11 tries, which along with a penalty goal and a touchdown of his own saw the Woodies' fullback tally 26 points.

Eastwood 76 (John Grant 3, Barry Fa'amuasili 2, Hugh Perrett 2, Chris O'Young 2, Rowan Kellam, Ben Batger tries; Ben Batger 9 cons, pen) Penrith 12 (Liam Winton, Jeremy Su'a tries; Jeremy Su'a con) at T.G. Millner Field. Referee: Andrew Lees. HT: Eastwood 34-0.



Sydney University v West Harbour at University Oval No.1
Sydney University has put a big dent in West Harbour's finals aspirations with a 60-15 victory at University Oval No.1.


Pat Ryan, Pat McCutcheon and Nathan Trist all scored two tries, while Daniel Halangahu's return netted a 13-point haul with the boot for the HSBC Waratahs flyhalf.


West Harbour started 2009 with four straight losses, but hit back with six consecutive victories. Today's loss is the Pirates' fourth in a row and they now sit more than a bonus point victory out of the top six after sitting in second place a month ago.


Sydney University 60 (Pat Ryan 2, Pat McCutcheon 2, Nathan Trist 2, David Haigh, Nick Edwards, Alfi Mafi tries; Daniel Halangahu 5 cons, pen, Nathan Trist con) d West Harbour 15 (Henry Seavula 2 tries; Henry Seavula con, Steve Massey pen) at University Oval No.1. Referee: Nathan Pearce. HT: Sydney University 31-10.



Randwick v Southern Districts at Coogee Oval
Randwick have leapt into third place on the Tooheys New Shute Shield ladder with a 46-15 victory over Southern Districts at Coogee Oval.


The Galloping Greens representative stars stood out for the home side, in particular HSBC Waratahs Ben Mowen (2), Ratu Nasiganiyavi (2) and Sekope Kepu who scored five tries between them. Marshall Milroy continued his good form with the boot with another 11 points.


The bonus point win sees Randwick leapfrog Gordon into third position on the ladder.


Randwick 46 (Ben Mowen 2, Ratu Nasiganiyavi 2, David Vizer, Rodney Voullaire, Sekope Kepu tries; Marshall Milroy 4 cons, pen) d Southern Districts 15 (Zac Mullane, Andrew Barrett tries; Nathan Sievert con, pen) at Coogee Oval. Referee: Angus Gardner. HT: Randwick 25-3.



Eastern Suburbs v Northern Suburbs at Woollahra Oval
Eastern Suburbs gained revenge for their round three loss to Northern Suburbs with a 36-16 victory at Woollahra Oval.


The Beasties scored two tries to nil in the first forty to leap to a 19-9 advantage, then scored three tries to one in the second half in a dominant display to secure the 20-point victory.


Gavin Debartolo kept up his good form as one of Easts' key players with a 16-point haul from a try, four conversions and a penalty goal.


Eastern Suburbs 36 (Huia Edmonds, Luke Irwin, Gavin Debartolo, Pat Dellit, Sam Windsor tries; Gavin Debartolo 4 cons, pen) d Northern Suburbs 16 (Dan Watson-Wood try; Chris Burnett 3 cons, pen) at Woollahra Oval. Referee: Steve Walsh. HT: Eastern Suburbs 19-9.






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