Flimsy de­fence proves costly

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE mighty Port Dou­glasMoss­man Sharks need a big­ger crowd and stronger de­fence to get through their next game af­ter los­ing to Ma­reeba at home last week­end 30-24.

An easy try in the first minute saw the play­ers drop off and let through 18 points in the fol­low­ing seven min­utes, leav­ing the Sharks to chase Ma­reeba the rest of the game.

Pres­i­dent Bron­son Ryan said he was a bit dis­ap­pointed with the over­all re­sults and said the team lost their way, push­ing them fur­ther down the lad­der to sev­enth po­si­tion but still within strik­ing dis­tance of a fi­nals berth.

“Ev­ery­one played well, just our de­fence ef­forts weren’t there, we need to make sure our de­fence is right, learn from our mis­takes and hope­fully get a bet­ter re­sult this week,” he said.

“The team fell apart as a unit but there were a cou­ple of pos­i­tives - they had a 24-point lead and we chased it down in the last 5five min­utes we could’ve even drawn or won if things bounced our way.

“The stand­outs of the game were the for­ward pack, they’re do­ing a great job in the mid­dle and show­ing lead­er­ship around the pad­dock and young Ja­son Car­nando our hooker who played a bril­liant game.”

This Fri­day night the Sharks take on the Ivan­hoes at home and are call­ing on sup­port­ers and lovers of rugby league to get be­hind the team and help back them to a win.

“I know it’s Car­ni­vale, but I pray sup­port comes and backs us, we got to work on our de­fence and fo­cus on the game plan and work hard to get some wins on the boards,” Ryan said.

The Re­serves also lost to Ma­reeba 44-20, and C-Grade lost 38-18 last week­end.

Next week C-Grade don’t have a game and Re­serves kick off to­mor­row night at the Sharks home turf the show­grounds against Ivan­hoes at 6.30pm and the big game kicks off at 8pm.


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