Sharks show their class

Gritty win over Bros — now for top dogs In­n­is­fail!

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Shane Ni­chols

THE Moss­man Port Dou­glas Sharks se­niors had the per­fect run up to this week­end’s match against com­pe­ti­tion favourites In­n­is­fail with their staunch win over Broth­ers last Fri­day – the im­prov­ing Sharks’ fourth win on the trot.

Broth­ers had been sit­ting sec­ond on the lad­der, be­hind In­n­is­fail, but have now yielded that spot to Moss­man, whose fight­ing 14-12 win con­firmed the team’s prospects as fi­nals con­tenders. Se­niors: Sharks def Broth­ers 14-12 Re­serves: Broth­ers def Sharks 40-24 Sec­onds: Sharks def Broth­ers 24-16

Coach Trevor Cobb un­der­scored the team’s de­fen­sive ef­fort, which he said was a huge fac­tor in the win and was some­thing that the Sharks had been work­ing on very strongly.

The Sharks needed it in the last half as they held on to a slen­der lead.

The Broth­ers got the jump on the Sharks in the open­ing mo­ments of the match.

“Broth­ers came out fir­ing and they scored the first try,” said Cobb.

“We com­pleted re­ally well and came back and made it four all at half time, and that’s where it stayed,” Cobb said.

“Af­ter half time Broth­ers put an­other try on us and made it 8-4.

“We made a come­back half­way through the sec­ond half with a cou­ple of tries and jumped out to 12-8, and we got a penalty goal with Rob­bie Am­ber’s kick that made it 14-8.

“Then Broth­ers scored with 15 min­utes to go and made it 14 points to their 12. We had to hold them out, but our de­fence was re­ally solid.

“Karl Zam­mataro was one of the stand outs in de­fence, work­ing re­ally hard, and so was Brett Div­ito. The game was won by our good, solid de­fen­sive work which we had worked on a lot at train­ing, and that’s re­ally key.

“When you look at it, our last three or four games we have been keep­ing teams un­der 20 and if we can do that we have enough good play­ers who can score points and that will do the job.

“That’s what we’ve been work­ing on,” Cobb said.

“A lot of coaches will say that de­fence will al­ways win the game.”

Cobb said team dis­ci­pline had picked up “100 per cent – in the past our dis­ci­pline had let us down, we put teams un­der pres­sure and then we let them off by giv­ing a penalty.

“We’ve stopped do­ing that – stopped giv­ing away penal­ties.

“It’s about play­ing for the team and not be­ing self­ish.”

The next match is at Cal­len­dar Park on Satur­day.

Pic­ture: LUKAS TEASDALE

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