Shute Shield: Round 3 Match Previews

A local derby, a rematch of last year's preliminary final and a clash between two teams with a bitter taste in their mouths after ending 2017 prematurely. All that and more in round three Shute Shield action this weekend. Gordon v Penrith Gordon produced their second poor performance in as many weeks and were beaten comfortably by Easts last weekend, but coach Mark Philp is confident his side is on the right track. “Our new defensive system is still a work in progress. To say its frustrating is an understatement but I think when it clicks, we’ll be very competitive. “We’ve got a lot of new faces in a very young team and I think it’s just taking a little longer than we would have liked initially.” Although it’s only round three, Saturday’s clash against Penrith is almost a must win for the Highlanders and Philp said his side won’t be taking the Emus lightly. “They’re a very physical team and I think they would have targeted this match as one th
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