Match Report Rd 2: West Harbour v Southern Districts

by Paul Cook - Having gone down 59-12 to an impressive Northern Suburbs in round one, West Harbour were understandably keen to get off on the right note in front of their own supporters a week later. But a side that is in the early stages of rebuilding, with a host of changes in both the coaching and playing groups, was up against a well-drilled Southern Districts outfit that arrived off the back of an opening day victory over last year’s Minor Premiers, Manly. And it was the visitors who struck first, two early penalties paving the way for an all-out assault on the home side’s line and prop Matt Gibbon was driven over with far too much ease. Matt Teki added the extras and momentum stayed with the Rebels as they carried on where they had left off the previous week against the Marlins, with strong carries, rapid clean-outs and greater aggression at the breakdown the order of the day. A high shot on 13 minutes – the second of two in what was an ill-disciplined opening quarter f
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