Sharks in hand­some win over Phoenix

South Waikato News - - Your Health -

Last Satur­day at Re­poroa, Pa­cific Sharks were look­ing to open­ing their ledger for the sea­son against an in­spired Taupo Phoenix.

In the ear­lier re­serves game, Re­poroa, 34-32, pipped Sharks at the post.

In the premier game, Pa­cific were de­ter­mined from the kick off and in all facets of play to take the game to Phoenix, a for­mi­da­ble op­po­nent.

Sharks player of the day and for­ward Ray­mond Mitchell was his ram­pag­ing best with ball in the hand and in de­fence caus­ing Taupo a nui­sance.

At half­time Pa­cific lead 22 – 12 with cen­tres Cas­sius Read and Tam­a­toa Reu the main threats.

In the sec­ond half Sharks con­tin­ued their dom­i­nance de­spite Taupo resur­gence.

Stout de­fence by cap­tain Patrick Russell and adept or­gan­i­sa­tion by stand­off Kale Po­mare kept Pa­cific ahead.

Although Phoenix were able to get on the board late in the game Sharks won hand­somely, 40-24.

Coach Neville Takiri was re­lieved with the re­sult and pleased with the depth of tal­ent in the club.

The win was a pos­i­tive boost from the team fol­low­ing on from their 18-12 de­feat to the Hamil­ton City Tigers dur­ing the re­vi­talised Waicoa Bay premier com­pe­ti­tion the week­end be­fore.

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