While they enjoyed a strong win over the Parramatta Eels last Saturday afternoon the Matthews Cup Sharks remain in a dog fight to claim a berth in the competition finals with just one match of the regular season to be played.

The under-16 Sharks dominated the Eels in most facets of the game in winning 30-6, scoring five tries to one against a side tipped to challenge for the Matthews Cup title.

The young Sharks jumped out to a commanding lead and were never headed, with the likes of lock Dean Tatis, hooker Blayke Brailey and Kyle Flanagan leading the way.

Prop Fine Kula also continued his outstanding junior rep season, his two tries against the Eels a fitting reward for another solid display up front.

On 10 competition points and in seventh position, the Matts Sharks can cement a finals berth with a win against the Panthers this coming weekend, however a loss will see them sweat on other results to see if they qualify to contest the first round of the playoffs the following week.

In the SG Ball the prognosis is similar, a win over the Panthers at their last start has the potential to lift the 10th placed Sharks into the top eight and into a place in the finals.

The Ball Sharks however did themselves no favours in going down by 30-16 to the Eels last week after squandering a 16-78 half time advantage.

In the final quarter of the match the Eels proved too strong, running away with the match, leaving the Sharks in 10th place with one round to go.

For the Ball Sharks they did have some players who certainly performed well in a losign effort, with winger Curtis Scott and lock Billy Magoulias particularly impressive.

Big outside back Semisi Vea also proved a handful for the Parramatta side with some barnstorming runs in what was perhaps his best game of this year’s SG Ball season.

The equation for the Sharks for their final match is a win over the Panthers and then hope results fall their way.

The final round of Sharks junior representative matches are scheduled to be played at 11.45am (Matthews Cup) and 1.15pm (SG Ball) at Centrebet Stadium.

Matthews Cup
SHARKS 30
Fine Kula 2, Blayke Brailey, Dean Tatsis, Jack Dillon tries, Kyle Flanagan 5 goals
Beat
PARRAMATTA 6

SG Ball
SHARKS 16
Semisi Vea, Curtis Scott, Jamayne Isaako tries, Isaako 2 goals
Lost to
PARRAMATTA 30

 

HAROLD MATTHEWS CUP
COMPETITION TABLE
After ROUND 8
Pos. Team                         P     W     L     D     B     F           A       Pts.

1 Newcastle Knights       8     7     1     0     0     292     110      14

2 Balmain Tigers             8     6     1     1     0     261        70     13

3 Penrith Panthers           8     6     1     1     0     232        94     13

4 Canberra Raiders         8     6     2     0     0     240       100    12

5 Sydney Roosters          8     4     2     2     0     220       117    10

6 South Sydney               8     5     3     0     0     230       162    10

7 Cronulla Sharks            8     5     3     0     0     168       120    10

8 Parramatta Eels             8     5     3     0     0     190       140    10

9 Manly Sea Eagles         8      5     3     0     0     192       146    10

10 Canterbury Bulldogs   8      3     3     2     0     186       124     8

11 Western Suburbs        8     4     4      0     0     162       188     8

12 Western Sydney
Academy                         8     3     5      0     0     156       176     6

13 Illawarra Steelers        8     3     5      0      0     139       212    6

14 St George Dragons     8     2     6      0      0     148       204    4

15 South West Sydney
Academy                         8     2     6      0      0     122       270    4

16 Central Coast
Centurions                       8     2     6      0       0     98        269     4

17 Melbourne Storm       8     1     7       0       0     60       270      2

18 North Sydney Bears   8     0     8       0       0     40       364      0

SG BALL
COMPETITION TABLE
After ROUND 8 

Pos.Team                 P    W   L     D    B      F         A        Pts.

1 Parramatta Eels     8     7     1     0     0     238     157     14

2 Penrith Panthers     8    6     1     1     0     233     142     13

3 Sydney Roosters    8    6     2     0     0     318     112     12

4 South Sydney         8    6     2     0     0     228     176     12

5 Balmain Tigers        8    6     2     0     0     205     200     12

6 Canberra Raiders   8     5     2     1     0     286     154     11

7 Illawarra Steelers   8     5     3      0     0     184     122    10

8 Melbourne Storm   8     5     3     0     0      296     199    10

9 Newcastle Knights 8     4     3     1     0      223      202     9

10 Cronulla Sharks   8     4     3     1     0      176      178     9

11 Western Sydney
Academy                  8     3     3     2     0      154      220     8

12 Western Suburbs
Magpies                    8     3     4     1     0     196       206     7

13 Central Coast
Centurions                 8     2     3     3     0     205       242     7

14 Manly Sea Eagles 8     2     6     0     0     178       251     4

15 North Sydney
Bears                        8     1     6     1     0     124       228      3

16 West Coast
Pirates                      8      0     7     1     0     170       336     1

17 Bulldogs              8      0     7      1     0     124       249    1

18 St George
Dragons                   8      0     7       1     0     132      296     1

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