Shute Shield Match Preview: Gordon v West Harbour

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Both Gordon and West Harbour will head into Saturday’s clash at Chatswood Oval, knowing that it’s a match they both need to win.

After a strong opening round performance against Penrith, Gordon couldn’t match Warringah last weekend and new coach Mark Philip told Rugby News that his side has produced two very different performances to start the season.

“Our first two rounds have been chalk and cheese,” Philp said.

“We played well against Penrith and attacked well, but leaked too many points. Then against Warringah our attack misfired but our defence improved, even though we still leaked some soft points.”

Philp said defence has been the key focus at training ahead of Saturday's clash against the Pirates.

“We also need to stick to our shape and structures and be clinical in exploiting attacking opportunities.”

West Harbour are yet to find their best this season after losses to Randwick and Norths, but new coach Todd Louden appears confident that his side is on the right track.

“Our performance is not where we want or need it to be. Our pre-season was fairly disrupted so we are still working hard to implement a lot of the base team play and organisation that we missed out on,” Louden said.

“Obviously with a new coaching staff and the fact we have played last years champions and semi finalists, we have been off the pace, but we have taken stick out of both games. At the end of the day, two games don’t make a season.”

Louden said the key for his side at the moment was to improve each week and continue to build throughout the season.

“To be honest with you, we haven’t looked at Gordon. Obviously we respect them but at the moment we are focused on getting our base game structures in place and being consistent on both sides of the ball.”

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