The Under-15 Sharks managed to hold on for their second win of the season holding out a fast-finishing Kangaroos in front of their home crowd last Saturday at the Mossman Showgrounds.
The Sharks hadn’t beaten Kangaroos since 2009 and with the Roos currently sitting second on the ladder the boys knew it was going to be a tough job to come up with a win against the reigning premiers.
The Sharks had plenty of opportunity early in the game to put first points on the board but silly mistakes saw several tries go begging and the Kangaroos speed men made the Sharks pay scoring twice off their errors and if it wasn’t for some great cover defence from Quinny, Levi and Toddy the Roos would have had a couple more tries.
To the boys’ credit they stuck to the game plan of playing in it the forwards and defending strongly out wide and before halftime the Sharks managed to score twice through Toddy and Chesty to make it 10-8 to Roos at the break.
The second half was an arm wrestle and the Sharks bad habit of dropping the ball at crucial moments was creeping in to their game and Kangaroos looked like they were going to run away with the game.
However, the Sharks weren’t going to let that happen and through some awesome defensive efforts out wide and a spectacular try saving cover tackle from Isaac Winspear.
The game went right down to the wire and with 30 seconds left it was 28-26 to the Sharks before Jack Dickson grabbed an intercept and took Roos’ last opportunity off them, to claim a well-earned victory.
Try scorers were Chesty 3, Toddy and Curtis. Man of the match was Jack Dickson for his awesome defensive effort out wide.