Southern Districts 31-27 Gordon: Near enough not good enough for much improved Stags

2018 cellar dwellers Gordon fell one try short of a dream start to their 2019 Shute Shield campaign, the first under premiership winning coach Darren Coleman.  In front of a vocal home crowd at Chatswood Oval, the Stags fought back from 24-13 down early in the second half and trailed by just four points in the final minutes against a 14-man Southern Districts outfit.  Gordon attacked deep in the Rebels half for eight minutes after the final siren but were unable to find a way through, before Souths’ rookie hooker Blake Schoupp caused a turnover to seal victory for the visitors in his Shute Shield starting debut.  “We’re disappointed. You spend five months training for that first game of the season and if you win round one, if kind of validates all the work you do through preseason,” Coleman told Rugby News.  “From that aspect, it was disappointing not to get the result and I think most of the guys will still be feeling it today.” Gordon finished last and
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