The Jersey Flegg Sharks have recorded a 28-4 win over the Victorian Thunderbolts in their round eight match at PointsBet Stadium in maintaining their position towards the top of the under-20’s competition table.
While committing far too many errors in a sometimes untidy performance, the Sharks did enough to record their sixth win in seven starts so far in 2019.
Taking a 16-0 advantage to the half time the Sharks went on with the job in the second period in scoring six tries to one in the victory.
First points went to the Sharks in the sixth minute, Jayden Millard stepping through from close range after a quick Monty Raper play the ball had put his team on the front foot.
Fullback Jonaiah Lualua added the extras and the Sharks were up 6-0.
The young Cronulla side failed to respect possession in the next period of the game, however after showing good goal line defence and repelling their opposition the Sharks marched back up the other end, with Vito Tevaga showing great athleticism to pounce on a Millard grubber and touch down centimetres from the dead ball line.
Lualua couldn't convert and the Sharks were up 10-0.
Again mistakes were restricting the Sharks scoring opportunities but they did manage a third try before the break, winger Jonah Ngaronoa on the end of a clever exchange of passes before scoring in the north-eastern corner.
This time Lualua was on target from a wide angle and the Sharks took a 16-0 advantage to half time.
A man down after interchange forward Connor Luhan was sin-binned in the closing moment of the first half, the Sharks would concede the only try of the night to the Victorian side in the eighth minute of the second period, winger Josese Waqalevu touching down wide out.
They were unable to convert, however the Thunderbolts had given themselves some hope at 16-4 down.
With their man back from the bin and the teams 13-on-13 again the Sharks found some space down the left hand side, Tevaga showing good skill to put his winger Josh Delailoa away for his team’s fourth of the night.
With the conversion waved away it was 20-4 Sharks with 18 minutes of the match remaining.
After being the provider, Tevaga would be next over the line himself, scoring his second four-pointer of the evening, then exploiting an advantage down their left hand side soon after Lualua would crash over, Tevaga again involved in throwing the last pass.
Experiencing an uncharacteristic off-night with the boot Lualua failed to kick the two goals, the final scoreline reading 28-4 Sharks in what was a comprehensive victory but a less than convincing performance.
Vito Tevaga 2, Jonah Ngaronoa, Jayden Millard, Jonaiah Lualua, Josh Delailoa tries, Jonaiah Lualua 2 goals
Josses Waqalevu try
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