Mixed results for junior Sharks
While neither game reached any great heights, with all teams struggling for ball control in the greasy conditions, the Sharks junior rep sides have registered a win and a draw in matches against the Western Sydney Academy of Sport (WSAS).
In the Matthews Cup the under 16 Sharks bounced out a handy lead before prevailing 18-10, while in the SG Ball is was a 16-all draw after WSAS fought back from an early 16-0 deficit.
All four teams on display were guilty of poor handling as persistent rain made the Remondis Stadium surface a slippery one.
In the Matthews Cup the Sharks started strongly and always held the upper hand until a late WSAS revival would have made coach Darren Capovilla nervous, however the young Sharks held firm to grind out a win and claim a valuable two competition points.
The Sharks scored four tries in the miserable conditions as opposed to two from their opponents, with the Matthews Sharks having now recorded two wins and a loss in their three matches to date.
In the SG Ball it looked as though the Sharks were going to easily account for their opponents, racing to a 16-0 lead in the first half, however two WSAS tries in the final five minutes before half time gave the visitors plenty of hope going into the break.
WSAS then scored a controversial try after an in-goal scramble for the football and when the conversion attempt sailed wide the teams were locked up at 16-apiece.
The next 20-or-so minutes saw both sides have opportunities to retake the lead, however poor execution at vital times saw the two teams squander the chances presented as the game would eventually finish in a draw.
With the one point the Ball Sharks move into a strong ladder position after three rounds following their two wins and the WSAS draw, with an important game now scheduled against the undefeated Sydney Roosters this Friday night.
Games against the Roosters are at Remondis Stadium kicking off at 6.15pm and 7.30pm
Wil Matthews, Frank Tumatai, Luke Chivers, Daniel De Vecchis tries, Kyle Flanagan goal
WESTERN SYDNEY ACADEMY 10
Ryan Cummins, Jamayne Isaako, Ash Nisbet tries, Isaako 2 goals
WESTERN SYDNEY ACADEMY 16