The Matthews Cup Sharks enjoyed a solid victory over the Central Coast to continue their push towards a finals berth while the SG Ball Sharks suffered a setback to their ambitions of qualifying for the playoffs after suffering a loss in matches played in Wyong on Saturday.

The Matthews Sharks ran up a big half time advantage and did enough in the second half in recording a 36-8 victory, the win cementing their place inside the top eight with just three rounds to go.

For the Ball Sharks however it was a different story as they were eventually overrun by the Centurians in going down 30-22 in what was described as a below-par performance by the under-18 Sharks.

In the Matthews Cup hooker Blake Brailey continued his solid form, picking up two tries on the day and stiffening up the Sharks defense in the middle of the field, while fullback Amo Laulau and winger Luke Chivers also impressed in the win.

The youngest Sharks outfit now have four wins from six starts and are sitting in sixth position on the ladder with three rounds of the regular season remaining.

In the SG Ball it was a match which failed to reach any great heights, with a lack of intensity and ball control letting the Sharks down at vital stages. In the end run it was a simple game plan from the Central Coast which proved to be the winner, with the loss seeing the Sharks fall to eighth on the ladder, putting them under pressure to perform over the final weeks of the competition.

Prop Daniel Vasquez was again amongst the best for the Sharks with a robust performance up front, with Jamayne Isaako showing what he is capable of in scoring a sizzling long range try.

The Sharks junior reps next play the Canterbury Bulldogs, with matches to be played at Remondis Stadium next Saturday. Matthews Cup is first game on the schedule at 12 noon, to be followed by SG Ball at 1.30pm.

Matthews Cup

SHARKS 36
Amo Laulau 2, Balyke Brailey 2, Jackson Watson, Luke Jurd, Daniel De Vecchis tries, Kyle Flanagan 4 goals

Beat

CENTRAL COAST 6

SG Ball

SHARKS 22
Jamayne Isaako, Connor Tracey, Daniel Vasquez, Daniel Smithers tries, Isaako 3 goals

Lost to

CENRTAL COAST 30