Sharks make amends
Intercept opens up deadly second half try fest
AN intercepted kick turned an entire match on its head, proving that every single play matters in the Cairns District Rugby League competition.
Mossman Port Douglas Sharks showed they were not a team to underestimate when they took on the Mareeba Gladiators on Saturday night at Davies Park.
The Gladiators had a stellar first half to lead at halftime 10-6.
However, 15 minutes into the second half the Sharks circled the Gladiators and took advantage of every mistake to win the match 35-20.
A misplaced kick from less than 10 metres out from the Gladiators tryline proved the turning point.
Shark Robbie Amber intercepted the kick, running the ball almost the full length up the field to pass to Shark Peter Tuccandidgee to score. Within 15 minutes the Sharks scored another three tries. Mossman Port Douglas Sharks A-Grade coach Trevor Cobb said that play “changed the whole game”.
“I said at halftime it was going to be a tussle up the middle and Mareeba was in for the grind,” he said. “They have a big forward pack and we had to match it with them up the middle.
“If we can match it up the middle, we have a quick backline, I reckon that’s where we’ll finish them off. It worked really well.”
Cobb said the Sharks had started off the match slowly with some fumbles.
“Our execution was letting us down in the last pass,” he said. “At the end of the day our execution wasn’t right.
“But lucky for us the second half was spot on, so well done to the boys.”
Cobb praised Darryl Lightning for a man of the match performance and Marcus Sagiba for his solid work on the patch.
Following their defeat last week at the hands of Edmonton Storm, Cobb said the Sharks had regrouped during training.
“We don’t reckon Storm beat us, we beat ourselves,” he said.
“We shot ourselves in the foot. “We did a lot of things to lose the game, instead of win the game.
“We always knew we had a good football team.”
Mossman Port Douglas Shark Robert Amber intercepts a dummy kick. From this the Sharks turned the momentum of the game
Shawn Bowen in flight