NYC Match report – Sharks dominate Raiders
Showing no ill-effects from their tragic last second loss the previous week the NYC Sharks have scored an emphatic 74-12 win over the Raiders.
The Sharks built up a commanding 44-6 half time lead, with the one way traffic continuing in the second period, the final score line indicative of the Sharks effort and the disappointing performance of their opponents.
The Sharks outside backs had a field day, Jesse Ramien crossing three times, Sione Katoa twice, Will Kennedy had a hand in numerous four-pointers and Josh Tuilagi ran rampant on the right wing.
A try up the middle in just the third minute, Brick Ilett crashing over from close range set the tone for what was to come and after the Kyle Flanangan conversion it was 6-0 Sharks.
The Raiders would cross adjacent to the uprights to make it 6-all, giving the impression the game could turn into a contest, but for the next hour or so the home team were never in the hunt and it was all Sharks.
Ramien would score his second in the 12th minute, Flanagan the first of two tries with a neat show and go shortly after, then backing up a Jesse Savage line break in the 24th minute.
Katoa and Ramien again would add to the Raiders woes before the break as the Sharks went to half time up by 44-6.
Many would have thought a stirring half time speech may have fired up the Raiders for the second stanza but that wasn’t the way it worked out, Eddie Faalua pushing past some ordinary Canberra defense to score in the Sharks first set of six.
In quick succession Ramien would go over for his third, skipper Jack Williams scored a much-deserved try, before Katoa notched his hat trick on the right flank.
Burly front rower Daniel Vasquez would barge over for the Sharks final try, with Flanagan kicking his 11 conversion of the match.
In such a dominating win it was hard to single out any individuals, with coach John Morris certain to be happy with most aspects of the Sharks performance. Most pleasing would have been his teams second half where they kept the foot o the pedal, defended strongly and didn’t let their opponents back into the game.
The NYC Sharks are now one win from two matches, with the lop-sided score certain to help their for and against.
They are next in action against the Dragons in the local derby match at Southern Cross Group Stadium next Sunday afternoon.
Jesse Ramien 3, Kyle Flanagan 2, Sione Katoa 2, Brock Ilett, Ryan King, Eddie Faalua, Daniel Vasquez, Jack Williams tries Flanagan 11 goals