A three-try effort from centre Ronaldo Mulitalo, a personal tally of 18 points from Joniaha Laulau and a tradesman-like performance from the Sharks team has seen the Jersey Flegg side open their 2019 season with a win.
The two outside backs were the stars on a day where the Flegg Sharks began their title defence with a convincing 34-0 triumph over the North Sydney Bears in signalling that they again mean business in 2018.
Fielding a side with only a sprinkling of the talent which dominated the under-20’s competition last season, the Sharks battled their way to a two-try half time lead, before going on with the job in the second period.
Five-eighth Jayden Millard, one of the returning players from the premiership winning team, opened the scoring, then Mulitalo crossed for his first on the day in the 15th minute as the Sharks enjoyed an early 12-0 advantage.
Fullback Laulau scored early in the second half, with young centre Mulitalo putting the result beyond doubt with two more touchdowns.
Laulau kicked five conversions from six attempts in the 34-0 socreline.
The win was the first for the Sharks, but also for new coach Daniel Holdsworth in his first official game in charge of clubs under 20’s side.
The game was labelled as a round two fixture after all teams in the Jersey Flegg competition were given byes in week one.
The next assignment for the Flegg Sharks is a trip to Melbourne to take on the Thunderbolts in a round three game scheduled for a 2pm kick off on Saturday at Casey Fields.
Ronaldo Mulitalo 3, Jonaiah Laulau 2, Jayden Millard tries, Laulau 4 goals
Lead photo - courtesy Steve Montgomery - ourfootyteam.com