A dominant first half, followed by a second period where despite a few anxious moments they manage to get the job done, the Jersey Flegg Sharks have scored a 38-14 win over the Manly Sea Eagles to remain on top of the under-20’s ladder.
Five first half tries had the Sharks up by 28-0 at the break, only for a combination of a determined opposition and the Cronulla side dropping the intensity somewhat seeing the Sea Eagles come back into the contest, until two late four points to seal the result.
The Sharks went into the game bolstered by the inclusion of half back Braydon Trindall and middle forward Cruz Topai-Aveai, the pair returning after playing throughout the early rounds with Newtown in the Canterbury Cup, but it was back row regular Tom Caughlan to open the scoring in the sixth minute.
Further tries to lock Fine Kula and centre Vito Tevaga, then another touchdown to Caughlan in the first half an hour pushed the lead out over the 20 mark, before Jack Boyling crosse shortly before the break.
A rejuvenated Manly bounced back with three tries, which would have been to the frustration of coach Daniel Holdsworth, until the late scores from wingers Jonah Ngaronoa and Josh Delailoa confirmed the win.
Now with seven wins from their eight starts the Sharks sit on top of the Flegg table, two points clear of second placed Penrith and Souths.
The Jersey Flegg competition now takes a two week break before the Sharks next game which is against the Warriors on Saturday, June 1 at Henson Park. Kick off to that game will be at 10.45am.
Tom Caughlan 2, Fine Kula, Vito Tevaga, Jack Boyling, Jonah NGARONOA Josh Delailoa tries, Braydon Trindall 4 goals
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