Sharks in handsome win over Phoenix
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.