SHARKS PUSH TOP TEAM
THE Mossman-Port Douglas Sharks gave ladder-leaders Atherton a scare on Saturday, streaking to an 18-point lead in the first half before the familiar demon of sloppy ball control reared its head.
Atherton dominated the second half and ran out the game 52-30 winners.
“We blew it,” Sharks senior coach Trevor Cobb said.
“When we were able to complete our sets and keep the ball off them, we put them under pressure.
“But then we started to cough up the ball.”
The team’s run of injuries didn’t help the cause either.
By halfway through the second half, the Sharks were down to 13 fit men.
“With 20 minutes to go, we didn’t have anyone left on the bench who wasn’t injured,” Cobb said.
Cobb said the Sharks were continuing to improve, with players such as Harry Cobb (three tries), Davin Crampton and hooker Chris Williams showing a touch of class.
Goalkicker Justin Sibley also hit the sweet spot, converting all five tries.
“I hope the boys learn from the weekend,” Mr Cobb said. “They’re definitely improving. “The scoreboard didn’t tell the full story.
“The boys knew they were up against a tough side in Atherton, and they stuck it to them.”
The Sharks take on Mareeba this Saturday under lights at the Mossman Showgrounds, and the coach reckons this is the week the Sharks will score their first win of the season after going close against premiers Tully two weeks ago.
“Mareeba aren’t travelling too well,” Cobb said.
“It we can get the crowd behind them and give them a lift, I’m pretty confident we can knock them over.”
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