Sharks sparkle

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - RICHARD KOSER

THE Moss­man-Port Dou­glas Sharks scored a cru­cial 36-26 win against Ma­reeba on Sun­day.

The Sharks, eter­nal cel­lard­wellers of the CDRL, crossed the line for six tries in the team’s first win of the sea­son.

Se­nior coach Trevor Cobb said the pres­ence of for­mer NRL winger Bren­ton Bowen lifted the Sharks and in­stilled a sense of dis­ci­pline in the team.

“There’s a big buzz around the club this week,” he said. “We had three wins and a draw, it was a good day for the club.”

Bowen crossed for two tries, but Mr Cobb said it was his pro­fes­sion­al­ism that dragged other play­ers up by their boot­straps.

“Ev­ery­one stepped up a gear to try to go with Bren­ton,” he said. “I’ve been telling the boys ’it’s all about the game plan’. As long as we stick to the game plan, we can blow teams off the park.

“We were able to get back into our game plan in the sec­ond half on Sun­day, and that got us home.”

Cobb said the team would need to fo­cus more on de­fence to be a se­ri­ous threat at the pointy end of the sea­son.

“Our goal for this year was to win five games. We’ve proved we can score points, but we need to im­prove our de­fence.

“There’s no point scor­ing 20 points in a half if we let the other team back in af­ter half-time.

“If we main­tain our dis­ci­pline and stay con­sis­tent, we’ll win a fair few games this year.”

While Bren­ton scored two tries, it was his cousin Stan­ton Bowen who shared the man of the match award with half­back Harry Cobb. Davin Cramp­ton also crossed the try-line twice, while Chris Wil­liams scored one.

Peter Tuc­can­didgee not only scored a try, he also slot­ted home six of seven goal at­tempts.

Mr Cobb said this Sun­day’s game against Yarrabah would be a test for the newly-con­fi­dent Sharks.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Try time: Davin Cramp­ton crosses for the Sharks on Satur­day night

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