Sharks’ hopes dashed
ROCKINGHAM Sharks’ hopes of cementing their first NRLWA minor premiership were dealt a blow at Ken Allen Field on Saturday when they went down 30-12 to the Fremantle Roosters.
Despite some questionable first half refereeing calls, the Sharks only had themselves to blame as they failed to find the whitewash in a second half that saw the Roosters rack up 18 points.
Missing influential centre Geordie Connelly, the Sharks failed to get into gear, defending for much of the early part of the second stanza as the home side found their visitors wanting defensively.
Quick ruck play often caught the Sharks out of position and no matter how the visitors tried to slow the game down, Fremantle looked the more dangerous.
The Roosters shifted the ball quickly, moves which left left holes in a tired Sharks defence that was nowhere near as good as it was in that first period.
“Yes, a tough day, but we will go away and look at what we did right and wrong and prepare for next week,” coach Darren Shaw said.
“I can’t blame the referee, we gave away too much in that second half and when we did get close to their line, we coughed it up and made some mistakes.”
The Sharks face a resurgent North Beach at home on Saturday (3.30pm) in another big clash with five teams separated by just five points in the race for the finals.
The Sharks are ahead of Fremantle on points difference with 19, Joondalup are third on 17, with South Perth on 15 and North Beach on 14.
Earlier in the day Women’s TAG went down 20-4, Val Murphy thirds won 36-12 but the reserves lost 18-10.
Centre Josh Bransby in action against Fremantle.