It was always going to be a difficult assignment, and that’s the way it panned out with Sharks going down y 28-4 to the Roosters Indigenous Academy team in their round eight Tarsha Gale Cup match.
In a match played on the Central Coast, the Academy side were quick out of the blocks, tries in the first and fifth minutes, both converted, gave a 12-0 lead and the signs were ominous.
Showing grit and resolve the Sharks dug in and challenged the competition leaders in the reminder of the first half, a Brooke Elliott try making it 12-4 at the break, giving them a glimmer of hope of an upset result.
From the early moments of the second period however the Roosters showed their class, eventually running in four more tries to close out a convincing 28-4 triumph.
Despite the blowout score line, it was a gutsy effort from a Sharks side down on troops, playing against the team tipped by many to challenge for the 2022 Tarsha Gale title.
The loss left the Sharks in eighth place on the Tarsha ladder and with six teams to qualify for the Finals, their season will likely end with their round nine match against the Tigers on Saturday.
The Sharks would now need a miracle in the form of a win, against a loss by the sixth-placed Steeles, then somehow make up 80-point differential in the process, to make the competition finals.
The Sharks v Tigers match is scheduled for a noon kickoff at the Wests Tigers Centre of Excellence on Saturday.
Brooke Elliott try
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