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Junior Sharks smash the Dragons

The Sharks Junior Rep teams continued their march towards finals berths with wins against the St George Dragons in all three matches on Saturday. 

The Tarsha Gale girls kept their undefeated record alive with a 50-28 win, the Matthews Cup were far too good in registering a 48-0 victory, while the SG Ball Sharks bounced back from a last start loss with a 40-24 triumph. 

The wins kept all Sharks teams well and truly in the hunt in their respective competitions with just three rounds of the regular season remaining. 

In the first match to kick off on Southern Cross Group Stadium the Tarsha Gale Sharks had their toughest test so far, yet they still managed 50 points and nine tries in another impressive win. 

Quincy Dodd crossed for two tries, as did Lynda Howarth, with Dodd also kicking seven goals to clock up 100 points in just four games.

The Sharks are now one of three undefeated teams in the Tarsha Gale competition.

After a loss the previous week in Newcastle the Matthews Cup Sharks were keen to return to the winner's circle and three tries in the first 10 minutes was the ideal start. By half time and up by 28-0 it was obvious the young Sharks had come determined to put the disappointment of seven days prior well and truly behind them. 

Four more second half tries, for a total of nine in all, was the perfect result to push the under-16 Sharks back into striking distance of the competition leaders. Only one team in the Matthews Cup is undefeated, with the Sharks one of four tied in second place just two points behind. 

The Sharks play one of those teams tied in second in the Parramatta Eels next weekend in a crucial clash for both sides. 

Then in the SG Ball, while the Sharks never had it all their own way, they always seemed to be doing enough to hold their opponents at bay. 

The Sharks led 24-18 at the break, pushing that advantage out to 40-18, before a late Dragons consolation try rounded out the scoring. 

Kai Broadhurst and Kyle Pickering both managed two tries for the under-18 Sharks, Broadhurst also kicking four goals. 

Like their Matthews Cup counterparts, the Ball Sharks have suffered just one loss, that also coming at the hands of the Knights and they too are just two points from the competition leader, with the Roosters and Panthers tied at the top after five wins each from their five matches played. 

Their next opponents the Eels, again similar to the assignment facing the Sharks Matthews Cup side, are level on eight points and one win shy of the top spot on the ladder. 

The three Sharks teams play away to the Eels at New Era Stadium next weekend. 

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