Sharks make amends

In­ter­cept opens up deadly sec­ond half try fest

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Kather­ine Kokko­nen

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.”

Pic­ture: KATHER­INE KOKKO­NEN

Moss­man Port Dou­glas Shark Robert Am­ber in­ter­cepts a dummy kick. From this the Sharks turned the mo­men­tum of the game

Shawn Bowen in flight

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