Shute Shield: Manly test Gordon at set piece time but can’t take chances

By MARK CASHMAN

In a season of continuing achievements Gordon recorded their first win over Manly home or away in 12 years when they toughed it out to beat the Marlins 26-3 on Saturday.

Unlike the big win over Warringah the week before at Chatswood Oval, Gordon really had to fight for every inch of grass at the Village Green and came away thankful that they were able to negotiate what is always a big ask.

The Marlins scrum and lineout got the better of the visitors at different times throughout the match and afterwards Highlanders coach Darren Coleman unusually said that this was their best performance of the season so far.