Sharks tear Dogs to shreds

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph Sport -

Rock­ing­ham Sharks’ bite was too much for the Kalamunda Bull­dogs in round one of the 2017 NRL WA com­pe­ti­tion on Saturday with the Sharks romp­ing to a 84-0 vic­tory at Charles Ri­ley Re­serve.

With sev­eral new starters in their 17, the Sharks looked sharp and ready for a crack at hon­ours, scor­ing 15 tries and 12 con­ver­sions in the vic­tory, with a gal­lant Kalamunda team out­fought and out­foxed at ev­ery turn.

Coach Dar­ren Shaw said he was pleased with the way the game went.

“There were more pos­i­tives than neg­a­tives and we still have some fine-tun­ing to do be­fore our next game in two weeks, but a good start to the sea­son,” Shaw said.

Caleb Reedy made his re­turn to the club and was the ar­chi­tect of so many moves, as well as kick­ing 24 points from 12 con­ver­sions. New re­cruit Benny Leme Pyako from PNG, had a su­perb de­but, scor­ing twice and set­ting up two more as the back line of the Sharks looked sharp all af­ter­noon.

Pyako opened the scor­ing af­ter seven min­utes. Four min­utes later skip­per Reece Pot­ter grabbed a sec­ond from a clev­erly placed grub­ber kick.

An in­ter­cep­tion by Reedy set up try No.3 as the ever-dan­ger­ous Connor Hud­son broke through and raced away 40 me­tres to score.

Reedy kept adding the ex­tra points as the score­board ticked over and lock Bran­don Wright, Andy Jef­fery and winger Mike Tualagi-Heather all scored be­fore full-back Steve Wid­ders broke through fol­low­ing a su­perb kick from Reedy to give the Sharks a 42-0 half-time lead.

The Bull­dogs showed spirit early in the sec­ond half, threat­en­ing Rock­ing­ham’s line, but solid de­fence kept them out and poor pos­ses­sion and dropped ball gave the Sharks more op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Two min­utes into the sec­ond stanza Dave Tuiloa broke down the left to score and then beat two tack­les on the Sharks next set of pos­ses­sion to set up Hud­son to race over.

The poor Bull­dogs gal­lantly tried to make a game of it, but sev­eral times dropped ball or made the wrong calls un­der pres­sure.

In the 49th minute a su­perb grub­ber kick from the pacey Pyako gave an­other debu­tant, Ge­ordie Con­nolly, his first try for the club.

Wid­ders added an­other, run­ning off some su­perb play by Reedy and Bran­don Tim­lin be­fore Pyako scored a su­perb in­di­vid­ual try.

The Pa­pua New Guinea back broke from 60 me­tres out, cleared a tackle and danced past three play­ers to cross with Reedy adding the ex­tras. The Sharks still had plenty to of­fer, as coach Shaw made tac­ti­cal changes.

“I wanted to just see how a few dif­fer­ent things would work,” Shaw said.

He would have been pleased. On the hour Tuiloa barged across and Con­nelly added his sec­ond in the cor­ner to push the score out to 78 af­ter Reedy missed the con­ver­sion from wide out, only his third miss from 15 all af­ter­noon.

The fi­nal try went to Wylis Tim­lin, brother of hooker Bran­don, af­ter Pyako broke away deep his own half, cleared a tackle at­tempt and off­loaded to Con­nelly in support.

The for­mer Pen­rith Pan­ther cleared the way be­fore pass­ing to Tim­lin 40m out.

The Sharks junior took his op­por­tu­nity well, ground­ing un­der the posts and leav­ing Reedy with a sim­ple kick to round out the day.

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