In what can best be described as a slow start to the 2015 season the Sharks Holden Cup side has gone down by 36-16 to the Manly Sea Eagles.
The Sharks started the game well enough, a try to half Connor Tracey after a show and go near the Eagles line putting his team on top 4-0.
The Manly side responded with two four pointers of their own, young gun Tom Trbojevic scoring the first and having a hand in the second as the home team led 8-4.
A second Sharks try, this time to 2014 NYC Players Player Jamayne Isaako leveled the scores as the teams went to the first quarter break locked at 8-points all.
From their Manly dominated through a combination of sloppy Sharks play and some enterprising Sea Eagles attack as they ran in five tries during the second and third quarters to jump out to a 32-8 advantage.
To their credit the Sharks battled back, a try out wide to replacement half back Liam O’Brien making it 32-12, before burly front rower John Ledger crashed over.
Another Sharks error gifted Manly field position and they took advantage, running in the final try to push the final score out to 36-16.
Sharks 20’s players Jayden Clarke and Anthony Moraitis were slated to go around in the NRL trial later in the afternoon, while Jack Bird and Valentine Holmes were both rested after competing in the NRL Nines in Auckland last weekend.
NYC SHARKS 16
Tracey, Isaako, O’Brien, Ledger tries
NYC MANLY 36