NYC Match Report: Sharks 20s impress in win
If Sharks NYC Coach John Morris was looking for a complete performance from his team he certainly got it at Southern Cross Group Stadium on Saturday night.
The Sharks began well, established a sizable halftime lead, before going on with the job in the second 40 minutes in recording an impressive 36-10 win.
The Sharks started strongly, giving an indication of what was to come, with Sione Katoa capitalising on a Will Kennedy line break to score wide out.
Fielding the ball close to his in-goal Kennedy burst through the line and streaked away, getting to the halfway line before finding Katoa in support, with the winger sprinting away for his teams’ first points.
Bessie Aufaga-Toomaga added the extras and after 10 minutes the Sharks led 6-0.
Keeping the foot on the accelerator the Sharks were in again, this time when Lachlan Stein crashed over from close range and when the conversion was again successful the home team led 12-0.
Now well on top the rest of the half also went the way of the Sharks, further four pointers to Josh Tuilagi and Will Kenndy, the second converted by Aufaga-Toomaga and it was the Sharks to lose at 22-0 at the break.
Responding after what was likely a half time rev up from their coach Luke Burt, the Eels battled back and when five eighth Michael Doolan crossed and then converted his own try, at 22-6 the Parramatta side had given themselves some hope.
Neither side was able to assert their authority on the game in the next period of the match but as he has done all season it was the Sharks skipper Jayden Brailey who would lead from the front and edge his team further in front.
Brailey’s try from adjacent to the posts made it 26-6 and when the extra two was added at 28-6 the Sharks were back in control.
A penalty goal to the Sharks made it 30-6, before Tom Field crossed for the Eels but that would be as close as they would get, a second Tuilagi try, this one a length of the field effort, made it 36-10 at fulltime.
With the win the Sharks consolidate their place inside the top eight, with a tough assignment against the ladder-leaders the Penrith Panthers next week.
Josh Tuilagi 2, , Sione Katoa, Lachlan Stein, Will Kennedy, Jayden Brailey tries, Bessie Aufaga-Toomaga 6 goals
Michael Doolan, Tim Field tries, Doolan goal