GORDON coach John Briggs refuses to hit the panic button despite the Highlanders suffering their eighth consecutive loss in the Sydney Premier Rugby competition.
Wearing pink jerseys to celebrate Ladies Day, the Highlanders went down to Manly 29-0 after trailing 5-0 at halftime at Chatswood Oval on Saturday.
Prop Hugh Cropley, hooker James Handlin, lock Andrew Chapman, and fullback Thomas Coupland made their first grade debuts.
Briggs was confident the former Gordon juniors could form the nucleus of a Gordon revival.
“I couldn’t knock their efforts on the weekend, I think the future looks very good,” he said.
“There’s no sense in dropping our heads at this stage.
“By next year I will looking at some big improvements, I’m pretty confident about that.”
The Highlanders played with 14 men in each half after Chapman was sin-binned in the opening half and centre Tom Matthews sent off in the second.
Former St Pius X College student Richard Hooper, the brother of Wallabies star Michael Hooper, got a hat-trick.
MANLY 29 (Tries: R Hooper 3; J Reid 1; J Mann-Rae 1. Conversions: J Mann-Rae 1; M Milroy 1) d GORDON 0