Sharks’ hopes dashed

Kwinana Courier - - Sport - Harry Rowe

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.

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