Junior Sharks limp into finals

The Matthews Cup and SG Ball Sharks now move on to contest finals matches next week despite final round losses to the Illawarra Steelers on Saturday. 

The under-16 Matthews Cup Sharks were disappointing in going down by 30-12, while the Sharks SG Ball side were narrowly beaten 14-10 to also finish their regular season on the end of a losing scoreline. 

After the Tarsha Gale girls had easily accounted for the Steelers in confirming the Minor Premiership with a 70-12 win in the first game on WIN Stadium, the Matthews Cup boys were always under pressure from an enthusiastic Illawarra outfit. 

Down 18-0 at half time, the Sharks showed some pride in scoring twice in the second period, Max Scanlon and Kade Dykes crossing, but in the end the Steelers were too good, relegating the young Cronulla side to sixth on the Matthews Cup ladder. 

The Sharks now face the Balmain Tigers next week in the sixth v seventh elimination final, the match coming only two weeks after the same two teams played out a 20-all draw. 

In the SG Ball match that followed the first half was a tight affair, a try apiece seeing the Sharks go to the break up by 6-4 after Kai Broadhurst had converted a Vito Tevaga try. 

The second period also turned into something of an arm wrestle with neither side able to pull away, however it would be the Steelers to come out on top. 

Despite the loss the SG Ball Sharks managed to hold onto fourth position and now face the competition leader Sydney Roosters in a qualifying finals match next weekend. 

Stay tuned to the Sharks website for details of the two finals matches. 

In the Tarsha Gale it was all the Sharks. Click here to see a full match report as provided by NSWRL.com.au. 

 

MATTHEWS CUP
Sharks 12
Max Scanlon, Kade Dykes tries, Jordan Samrani 2 goals
Lost to
STEELERS 30

SG BALL
SHARKS 10
Vito Tevaga, Jonaiah Lualua tries, Kai Broadhurst goal
lost to
STEELERS 14