Highlanders smash the Students at Chatswood


Gordon put their Tooheys New Shute Shield opponents on notice today with a 43-8 demolition of defending premiers Sydney University at Chatswood Oval.

The big result moves the Highlanders two just one point behind Easts on the competition ladder, while Manly retained their top spot with a close win over Randwick. West Harbour and Parramatta both delivered upsets, while Eastwood and Southern Districts also collected away wins.


Gordon v Sydney University at Chatswood Oval
Gordon have handed Sydney University one of their biggest defeats in recent times with a comprehensive 43-8 victory over the defending premiers at Chatswood Oval.


The match was still in the balance at half-time with Gordon holding onto a 17-8 lead, however the Highlanders ran in four unanswered tries in the second forty in the ABC TV Game of the Day.


Mark Preston and Chris Alcock both scored doubles for the home side, while Dave Harvey's five conversions and penalty goal took him to 113 season points in just eight games.

Gordon 43 (Mark Preston 2, Chris Alcock 2, Nifo Nifo, Joe Metuisela tries; Dave Harvey 5 cons, pen) d Sydney University 8 (Dave McDuling try; Nathan Trist pen) at Chatswood Oval. Half-time: Gordon 17-8. Referee: Steve Hardy.


Manly v Randwick at Manly Oval
Manly overcame a half-time deficit to return to the winners circle in an impressive 18-16 victory over Randwick at Manly Oval.


After winning six games to start the season, the Marlins were upset by Norths in round seven but hit back in the best way possible against the 2008 runners up.


Manly averaged over 34 points per game coming into this match but proved they can also earn results in a defence-oriented encounter to remain on top of the table. Adam D'Arcy scored a try, two penalty goals and a conversion to move to 125 season points.

Manly 18 (Will Brame, Adam D'Arcy tries; Adam D'Arcy 2 pens, con) d Randwick 16 (David Vizer try; Marshall Milroy 3 pens, con) at Manly Oval. Half-time: Randwick 10-8. Referee: Damien Mitchelmore.


Northern Suburbs v Eastwood at North Sydney Oval
Having defeated the top two sides in the competition, Northern Suburbs showed their fragility again today in a 28-17 loss to Eastwood at North Sydney Oval.


Last week the Shoremen became the only team to defeat competition leaders Manly, but Eastwood always looked the winners in their bonus point victory.


Mark Frost scored a double for the Woodies, while flyhalf James Foote delivered four conversions from as many attempts. All of Norths' points came from Chris Burnett who scored a try and four penalty goals.

Eastwood 28 (Mark Frost 2, Phil Mathers, Barry Faamuasili tries; James Foote 4 cons) d Northern Suburbs 17 (Chris Burnett try; Chris Burnett 4 pens) at North Sydney Oval. Half-time: Eastwood 21-6. Referee: James Scholtens.


Penrith v Southern Districts at St Marys Leagues Stadium
Southern Districts recorded their second win of the season with a 59-12 thrashing of Penrith at St Marys Leagues Stadium.


Jackson Mullane scored a hat-trick for the visitors while Brumbies prop Nic Henderson collected a double in the Rebels nine tries to two effort.


It was Penrith's seventh straight defeat and the Emus now sit two wins behind Souths and Parramatta on the bottom of the Tooheys New Shute Shield table.

Southern Districts 59
(Jackson Mullane 3, Nic Henderson 2, Matt Raftery, John Koru, Mick Kauter, Joe Harwood tries; Nathan Sievert 6 cons, Greg Robson con) d Penrith 12 (Shanin Proctor, Nick Richardson tries; Nick Richardson con) at St Marys Leagues Stadium. Half-time: Penrith 24-5. Referee: Daniel Cheever.


Warringah v Parramatta at Pittwater Rugby Park
Parramatta inflicted the biggest upset of round eight with a 24-19 victory over Warringah at Pittwater Rugby Park.


Centre Piripi Ranga was the hero for the Two Blues scoring a hat-trick in Parramatta's three tries to two win, their second victory of the season.


It wasn't a great start for new captain Beau Robinson, however the HSBC Waratah backrower did collect a try and the Rats registered a bonus point from the narrow loss.

Parramatta 24 (Piripi Ranga 3, Andrew Cox tries; Steve Hales 2 cons) d Warringah 19 (Beau Robinson, Bryce Gearin, Layne Kelleher tries; Layne Kelleher 2 cons) at Pittwater Rugby Park. Half-time: Parramatta 12-7. Referee: Angus Gardner.

Eastern Suburbs v West Harbour at Woollahra Oval
West Harbour continued their strong run over the last month with their biggest scalp of the year, a 27-17 victory over Eastern Suburbs at Woollahra Oval.


The Pirates were knocked out of the 2008 semi-finals by Easts however took some revenge win a bonus point victory today, flyhalf Jai Ayoub scoring two of his side's four tries.


Easts trailed 17-5 at the break and while they outscored their opponents in the second half, they could not outgun the visitors. Despite the loss, the Beasties still remain in second place on the competition ladder.

West Harbour 27 (Jai Ayoub 2, Isaiah Pine, Mark Porpliglia tries; Steve Massey 2 cons, pen) d Eastern Suburbs 17 (Luke Irwin, John Collignon, Anton LaVin tries; Ben Ward con) at Woollahra Oval. Half-time: West Harbour 17-5. Referee: Andrew Lees.






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