Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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