Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - RICHARD KOSER

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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