Abel saved me at death in Souths thriller, says Gordon skipper Goddard

By MARK CASHMAN

Sometimes in rugby you’ve just got to find a way and that’s what Gordon did in their 26-23 Shute Shield win over Southern Districts at Chatswood Oval on Saturday.

It took until the 86th minute for the Highlanders to feel good about their Back To Tartan day that had been chopped around first by Sydney’s weather and then the COVID restrictions and Super Rugby bubble that stripped them of their hooker Robbie Abel.

Firsts and reserve in the end played at Chatswood with the lower grades and colts transferred to Forshaw Rugby Park so as not to clutter an already busy footy calendar later in the year.