Match Report: Round Nine – Gordon v Parramatta

by Paul Cook - While both sides could only boast a victory apiece in 2016 before kick-off, their form trajectories over the previous eight rounds were somewhat different. Parramatta came in off the back of a seismic ice-breaking victory over Premiers Eastwood seven days earlier, and had also lost four of their games by less than five points. Gordon meanwhile, had only an opening day triumph over bottom-placed Penrith to show for their efforts. But an improved performance away at Souths in round eight had offered up some hope of a turnaround following back-to-back donuts (32-0 and 45-0) in rounds six and seven. Both teams certainly eyed this clash as a huge opportunity for victory number two. Keen to get the Chatswood Oval faithful on board from the off, it was Gordon who asked the early questions with ball in hand and had the Two Blues on the backfoot. But they couldn’t turn the screw at set-piece time, Parra’s potent scrum releasing the pressure valve and enabling them to set
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