Sharks lost their bite
After a devestating 30-24 loss to Pikiao Warriors, Pacific Sharks were left down but thankfully not out.
Despite a home advantage Pacific failed to nail the win in the weekend meaning they will battle Pheonix for a spot in the grand final.
The talented young side came out on to the field firing and dominated the first 15 minutes. Strong forward Callin Tereu crossed the line first but the commanding spell was short-lived.
The hosts let Pikiao back in to the game physically and it was only by sheer determination that Pacific went in to the changing sheds at half time leading the scoreboard 12 to 8.
The second half began in the same fashion that the first ended, predominantely controlled by the opposition.
Pacific strayed from their game plan, failing to hit hard up the centre and defensivly the unit fell flat.
Coach Paniora Daniels said they were inconsistent and allowed Pikiao a few easy breaks through the line, particularly out on the wing. ‘‘Our reads weren’t on.’’ Urgency was lacking amongst the home side that strayed from its game-winning structure.
‘‘That’s been our strength all year,’’ Daniels said. ‘‘We were our own worst enemies. I feel they wanted it more than us, they came out of the changing sheds with a step.’’
A week off and wet ground conditions did nothing to help Pacific, he said.
‘‘We are a dry track team. If the ruck can be sped up a little bit more then we can really show what we can do.’’
Stand out performers were Jack Pereua, Callin Tereu and Ethan Tetevano, Daniels said.
Daniels said they will be looking to raise the intensity and pick up on defence as they head into their next match.
A win would take them to the grand final for the third consecutive year.
Team effort: Pacific Sharks battle it out against arch rivals Pikiao for a spot in the grand final.
Taken down: Cassius Read pins his opposition down.