The undefeated run of the Matthews Cup Sharks came to an end, while the SG Ball team kept rolling along in round seven junior rep matches played at Southern Cross Group Stadium today.
The under-16 Matts Cup side was somewhat outclassed on the day, going down by 36-18 however it was a different story for their SG Ball counterparts, the Sharks wiling 78-0 against a undermanned West Coast Pirates.
Meanwhile down the road in Canberra the Tarsha Gale Sharks bounced back after consecutive losses, scoring 10 tries in a 56-14 triumph over the Raiders.
Coming into their match five for five the youngest Sharks side was ambushed early by the Eels, finding themselves down 24-6 at the half time break.
They scored first in the second period to give themselves a glimmer of hope, however a 50th minute try pushed the lead back out to 18 and unfortunately the two points were as good as gone.
To their credit the Sharks kept trying until the final siren, a 52nd minute try to Damon Smith rounding out the scoring.
With the loss the Sharks dropped to second on the Matthews Cup ladder.
In the SG Ball match it was one-way traffic, a try in the first minute of the match to hooker Isaac Longmuir setting the scene for what would follow.
In all the Sharks would cross the stripe 15 times, with five eighth Jaemon Salmon and centre Ronaldo Mulitalo notching hat tricks.
Luke Metcalf, the competitions leading point scorer, also had another day out, scoring two tries and kicking six goals for a personal tally of 20 points. Metcalf has 88 points in six games this season, made up from seven tries and 30 goals.
The Ball Sharks are now alone on top of the competition table and assured of a finals berth with two rounds of the regular season remaining.
Down in Canberra the long trip turned out to be worth it for the Tarsha Gale girls, with eight different try scorers in the 56-14 win.
Playmaker and captain Tayla Preston scored three tries in the victory. Preston is the Tarsha Gale’s leading try scorer on the season with 10 four pointers.
The under-18 Sharks girls are second on the ladder, one win behind leaders Parramatta and level on eight points with four other teams on what is a bunched competition table.
The Sharks play the Eels next week in a match set to be crucial to their chances of playing in the Tarsha Gale finals.
The Matthews Cup and SG Ball boys play the Penrith Panthers in round eight matches.
Jaeman Salmon 3, Ronaldo Mulitalo 3, Luke Metcalf 2, Teig Wilton 2, Isaac Longmuir 2, Harrison Demeio, Bronson Xerri, Jack Gould tries, Metcalf 6, Kai Broadhurst 2, Dylan Smith, goals
West Coast Pirates 0
Zachary Issa, Douglas Levi, Damon Smith tries, Thomas Demeio 3 goals
Tayla Preston 3, Olivia Quinn, Mackenzie Beames, Elly Hazelton, Akira Kelly, Quincy Dodd, Sophie Biller, Alilia Veikoso tries, Akira Kelly 3, Tayla Preston 2, Talei Holmes, Quincy Dodd, Sophie Buller goals