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By NSWRU Media Unit
Warringah's Super 14 stars will be looking to cause an upset when they travel to Chatswood Oval to meet Gordon in the Tooheys New Shute Shield ABC TV Game of the Day.
Other highlights of round 14 include the showdown between Wallaby flatmates Wycliff Palu and Tatafu Polota-Nau at Manly when the Marlins meet Parramatta, and West Harbour desperate to arrest a slide down the table when they meet Sydney University who welcome back Phil Waugh and Daniel Halangahu.
GORDON (3rd) V WARRINGAH (6th) at Chatswood Oval (ABC TV Game, 3:10pm)
Warringah clawed their way back into the top six last weekend but will have their work cut out to remain there when they meet Gordon at Chatswood Oval in the ABC TV Game of the Day.
From rounds six to ten the Highlanders won just one game in a five-match stretch, however they have turned that around with three straight victories to sit comfortably in third place on the ladder.
Gordon's steadfast second half defence last week against West Harbour - widely regarded as one of the most potent attacking teams in the competition - was a strong sign, and they will need to keep that up against a Rats backline which includes four Super 14 players.
Warringah are still in a logjam at the bottom of the top six, however recording the bonus point in last week's loss against Randwick edged them ahead of Eastwood and West Harbour.
Gordon: 1.Tobius Gukibau, 2. Alex Gluth, 3. Marty Plokstys; 4. Ed Gower [c], 5. Kingsley Seale; 6. Paulie Tuala, 7. Craig Thomas, 8. Chris Alcock; 9. Vinnie Byrne, 10. Josh Kiel; 11. Terry Preston, 12. Mark Preston, 13. Matt McDougall, 14. Dane Haylett-Petty; 15. Dave Harvey.
Warringah: 1. Pek Cowan, 2. Luke Holmes, 3. Pingi Talaapitaga; 4. Hugh Pyle, 5. Chris Thomson; 6. Brent Murphy, 7. Beau Robinson [c], 8. Trevor Richardson; 9. Brett Sheehan, 10. John Kennedy; 11. Jordon Macey, 12. Josh Holmes, 13. Haig Sare, 14. Dylan Smouha; 15. Pat McCabe.
Referee: Steve Hardy
Last Meeting: Round 3 - Gordon 33 d Warringah 14 at Pittwater Rugby Park
MANLY (1st) V PARRAMATTA (11th) at Manly Oval (3:00pm)
Manly will go into their clash with Parramatta as hot favourites as they look to stay out in front on the Tooheys New Shute Shield ladder.
The Marlins kept the Two Blues scoreless in their round three meeting, with Adam D'Arcy scoring a hat-trick on the way to a 23-point haul.
While Wycliff Palu will play his second match for the Marlins in the comeback from a hand injury, his flatmate Tatafu Polota-Nau is also expected to make an appearance at Manly Oval as a proud Two Blue.
Manly: 1. Eddie Aholelei, 2. Elvis Taione, 3. James Lakepa; 4. Daniel Collins, 5. Dylan Sigg; 6. Mark Fisher, 7. Will Brame, 8. Wycliff Palu; 9. Paddy Pearse, 10. Josh Gamgee; 11. Lui Siale, 12. Luke Johnson, 13. Tyrone Smith, 14. Leon Bott; 15. Adam D'Arcy.
Parramatta: 1. Lui Sakaria, 2. Scott Podmore, 3. Matt Borg; 4. Sam Evalu, 5. Ryan Aniseko; 6. Andrew Cox [c], 7. Jeremy Bird, 8. Winney Paulo; 9. Aaron Mattin, 10. Steve Hales; 11. Junior Kolikata, 12. Areta Lama, 13. Steve Mafi, 14. Oscar Fraser; 15. Ben Borg.
Referee: Daniel Cheever
Last Meeting: Round 3 - Manly 38 d Parramatta 0 at Granville Park
EASTWOOD (7th) V PENRITH (12th) at T.G. Millner Field (3:00pm)
Eastwood have lost three matches on the trot but are poised to turn that around when they host Penrith at T.G. Millner Field.
The Woodies run of outs has not been too costly however, and they remain just one point behind sixth-placed Warringah, and this week have named a line-up without international prop Matt Dunning or Brumby lock Ben Hand.
The Emus have showed promise at times this season, however their attack has hit a brick wall in recent weeks with just 15 points from their last three matches.
Eastwood: 1. Simon Norris, 2. David Feketi, 3. Barry Fa'amuasili; 4. Mitch Lees, 5. Gareth Palamo; 6. Ben Coridas, 7. Hugh Perrett [c], 8. Locky McCaffrey; 9. Chris O'Young, 10. James Foote; 11. Lachie Turner, 12. Rowan Kellam, 13. Tim Bennetts, 14. John Grant; 15. Ben Batger.
Penrith: 1. Dave Coventry, 2. Myles Hunkin, 3. Nick Barber; 4. Liam Winton, 5. Mosese Makasini; 6. Michael Paulo, 7. Rob Carlson [c], 8. Joey Afualo; 9. Jeremy Su'a, 10. Patrick Mekuri; 11. Nua Alone, 12. Luke Cross, 13. Lachlan Porteous, 14. Solomona Fainifo; 15. Zeb Filise.
Referee: Andrew Lees
Last Meeting: Round 3 - Eastwood 46 d Penrith 7 at St Marys Leagues Stadium
SYDNEY UNIVERSITY (2nd) V WEST HARBOUR (8th) at University Oval No.1 (3:00pm)
Phil Waugh returns to the Tooheys New Shute Shield as part of a strong Sydney University line-up set to take on West Harbour at University Oval No.1.
Waugh joins fellow HSBC Waratahs Dave Dennis, Daniel Halangahu and Tom Carter in the side which also includes Brumbies Alfi Mafi and Jerry Yanuyanutawa.
Halangahu was rested in round 12 which gave Dan Kelly a chance to impress, and while the NSW No.10 returns this week, Kelly maintains his place in the side with Carter moving to outside centre.
The Pirates have lost three matches in a row to slip to eighth position on the ladder, and an upset over the defending champions would be the perfect way to turn their season around.
Sydney University: 1. Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 2. Ben Roberts, 3. Pat Ryan; 4. Dave Dennis [c], 5. Ben McCalman; 6. Pat McCutcheon, 7. Phil Waugh, 8. David Haigh; 9. Scott Stumbles, 10. Daniel Halangahu; 11. Nick Edwards, 12. Dan Kelly, 13. Tom Carter, 14. Alfi Mafi; 15. Nathan Trist.
West Harbour: 1.Campese Ma'afu, 2. Todd Pearce, 3. Salesi Ma'afu; 4. Tom Hikila, 5. Andrew Clyne; 6. Isaiah Pine [c], 7. Mark Porpiglia, 8. Pelea Afu; 9. Steve Massey, 10. Jai Ayoub; 11. Tito Mua, 12. Metui Maile, 13. Henry Seavula, 14. John Sinisa; 15. Dave Paurini.
Referee: Nathan Pearce
Last Meeting: Round 3 - Sydney University 22 d West Harbour 15 at Concord Oval
RANDWICK (4th) V SOUTHERN DISTRICTS (10th) at Coogee Oval (3:00pm)
Randwick's season is heading in the right direction but they are expected to receive a tough hit-out when they host Southern Districts at Coogee Oval.
The Rebels were impressive in their 21-point victory over Northern Suburbs last weekend, and with one of the strongest forward packs in the competition will back themselves against a Randwick side on the up.
The Galloping Greens have won four matches in a row, and with Marshall Milroy averaging more than 12 points a game, Randwick should have no trouble keeping the scoreboard ticking over.
A highlight will be HSBC Waratahs props Sekope Kepu and Dan Palmer going head to head at scrum-time.
Randwick: 1. Sekope Kepu, 2. Atonio Halangahu [c], 3. Daniel Spencer; 4. Steven Brennan, 5. Tim Maxwell; 6. Ben Mowen; 7. Rodney Voullaire, 8. Stephen Hoiles; 9. Patrick Phibbs, 10. Tim Walsh; 11. Ratu Nasiganiyavi, 12. Shaun Foley, 13. Bernie Orbell, 14. Francis Fainifo; 15. Marshall Milroy.
Southern Districts: 1. Nic Henderson, 2. John Ulugia, 3. Dan Palmer; 4. Matt Trouville, 5. Kane Douglas; 6. Jono Hayes, 7. Tim McGann, 8. Andrew Maloney; 9. Nathan Sievert, 10. Zac Mullane; 11. Andrew Barrett, 12. Brackin Henry, 13. Chris Kerr, 14. Jackson Mullane; 15. Matt Raftrey.
Referee: Angus Gardner
Last Meeting: Round 3 - Randwick 23 d Southern Districts 13 at Forshaw Rugby Park
EASTERN SUBURBS (5th) V NORTHERN SUBURBS (9th) at Woollahra Oval (3:00pm)
Eastern Suburbs' 18-point win over Eastwood in round 12 established their position in the top six, however they will not be taking their clash with ninth-placed Norths lightly.
The Shoremen overcame the then-second placed Beasties by 13 points in round three, and while their form has been inconsistent since, they still have the ability to take down a higher-ranked opponent.
Tom Azar returns for the Beasties this week, adding more talent to the backline battle which on paper looks enticing through the three-quarter line.
Eastern Suburbs: 1. Mike Ross, 2. Huia Edmonds, 3. Rob McMickan; 4. Matt McGann, 5. Lee Morley; 6. Ed Brenac, 7. Fergus Dorney, 8. Tom Egan [c]; 9. Luke Irwin, 10. Ben Ward; 11. Gavin Debartolo, 12. Tom Azar, 13. Anton LaVin, 14. Joe Azar; 15. Pat Dellit.
Northern Suburbs: 1. Nick Lah, 2. Ryan Dalziel, 3. Tai Vea; 4. Brian Doyle, 5. Pat Maile; 6. Matt Lamont, 7. Sam Latunipulu, 8. Al McFarland; 9. Steve Evans [c], 10. Chris Burnett; 11. Nathan Powyer, 12. Chris Moore, 13. Andrew Smith, 14. Anthony Shortis; 15. Corey Brown.
Referee: Steve Walsh
Last Meeting: Round 3 - Northern Suburbs 20 d Eastern Suburbs 7 at North Sydney Oval
REPRESENTATIVE PLAYERS FEATURED THIS ROUND
HSBC Waratahs: Ben Batger (Eastwood), Dave Dennis (Sydney University), Phil Waugh (Sydney University), Sekope Kepu (Randwick), Ratu Nasiganiyavi (Randwick), Ben Mowen (Randwick), Chris Thomson (Warringah), Beau Robinson (Warringah), Josh Holmes (Warringah), Dan Palmer (Southern Districts), Wycliff Palu (Manly), Lachie Turner (Eastwood)
HSBC Junior Waratahs (Professional): Ben Coridas (Eastwood), Pat McCutcheon (Sydney University), Steve Mafi (Parramatta), Jeremy Su'a (Penrith), Kane Douglas (Southern Districts)
Brumbies: Jerry Yanuyanutawa (Sydney University), Alfi Mafi (Sydney University), Tyrone Smith (Manly), Huia Edmonds (Eastern Suburbs), Stephen Hoiles (Randwick), Patrick Phibbs (Randwick), Salesi Ma'afu (West Harbour), Nic Henderson (Southern Districts), Guy Shepherdson (Southern Districts, reserve), John Ulugia (Southern Districts), Pat McCabe (Warringah)
Western Force: Chris O'Young (Eastwood), Luke Holmes (Warringah), Brett Sheehan (Warringah), Haig Sare (Warringah), Dane Haylett-Petty (Gordon), Pek Cowan (Warringah)
Australian Sevens (2008/09): Dane Haylett-Petty (Gordon), Ben McCalman (Sydney University), Pat McCutcheon (Sydney University), Ben Mowen (Randwick), Tim Walsh (Randwick), Shaun Foley (Randwick), Francis Fainifo (Randwick), Ben Coridas (Eastwood)
Australian U20s: Kane Douglas (Southern Districts), Sam Latunipulu (Northern Suburbs), Corey Brown (Northern Suburbs), Dane Haylett-Petty (Gordon)
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