Sharks down the Gladiators

Strong win in first pre-sea­son match

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Kather­ine Kokkonen

THE Moss­man-Port Dou­glas Sharks took on the Ma­reeba Gladiators in the first pre-sea­son game on Satur­day night and came away with con­vinc­ing 26 to 18 win.

Both sides were keen to see how new play­ers gel with stal­warts dur­ing the 20 minute quar­ters.

De­spite a fight back from the host Ga­di­a­tors in the last half, the Sharks held them out record a vic­tory.

The Sharks coach Billy Sege­yaro said the youth­ful Gladiators team took him by sur­prise.

“The Ma­reeba sides have been strong over the re­cent years,” he said.

“That’s a pretty young side they have; we ac­tu­ally had the same things a few years ago.

“Hope­fully they will keep it to­gether and this year it goes well for them.”

Sege­yaro said the Sharks were a bit rusty but the game pro­vided them with a chance to get their com­bi­na­tions right.

“We’ve got a lot of play­ers that have only just come in,” he said.

“They’ve gelled in well with the lo­cal boys.

“We’ve got an­other trial yet so we’ll keep build­ing on it be­fore the start of the sea­son.”

Sege­yaro at­trib­uted his side’s suc­cess to the strong re­la­tion­ship the Sharks play­ers have built up over the years.

“We’ve got a lot of boys that have played to­gether over the years in rep sides and a num­ber of play­ers who have played in the CDRL for a num­ber of years,” he said.

“When you get those play­ers to­gether it doesn’t take them that long to gel.”

Ahead of their next trial game, the Sharks will fo­cus on their de­fence.

“Our at­tack comes nat­u­rally,” he said.

“We’re go­ing to fo­cus on our de­fence and work­ing around our ruck.”

Pic­ture: KATHER­INE KOKKONEN

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