Sharks draw with Tully
MOSSMAN Sharks coach Trevor Cobb was philosophical after Saturday’s draw against the reigning CDRL premiers Tully Tigers.
“Well, a draw is better than a loss, so we’re heading in the right direction,” he said.
After giving up a 14-point lead with 15 minutes to go, however, the coach said his squad still had some finetuning to do.
“We talked about it after the games, and it seemed like the boys stopped playing to win,” Cobb said. “They were playing to protect their lead, but that doesn’t always work so well.
“We dropped the ball too often in the second half, 12 times in fact, we didn’t complete our sets, and that puts you under a lot of pressure. You’re going to get tired defending eventually.”
Nevertheless, the Sharks managed to establish a commanding lead, with man of the match Johnny Paluki setting up two tries by flying winger Peter Tuccandidgee, and with singles to Darren Cobb, Darren Crampton and Chris Williams.
“It was a pretty big effort against last year’s premiers,” Trevor said.
“A lot of boys took a lot of confidence away from the game.”
Following on from the first-round loss and an uncertain opening to the year, when the team wasn’t even sure if it could field a first-grade squad, the draw gives the Sharks a sniff of success.
This week’s mission, playing the Atherton Roosters at the Chookpen, could be a tougher ask.
The ladder-leading Chooks feature former NRL winger Obe Geia, who scored a couple of tries in his team’s 36-30 win over Suburbs on the weekend.
“They’re one of the gun teams of the competition this year,” Trevor said.
“We’ll be doing a lot of work on our defence, and on ball control.
“But if we can perform like we did last week, we’re in with a chance.”
In the other games, the Sharks suffered a narrow 22-16 loss in reserve grade, the Under-18s were beaten 36-18 and C-Grade were defeated 30-12.
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