A six-try second half onslaught has seen the Jersey Flegg Sharks score a dominant 38-4 victory over the Wests Tigers.
A sloppy first half saw the Sharks go to the sheds up by just two at 6-4, however they slipped into gear with a massive second period, the under-21 Cronulla side running riot to post their third win, to go with a drawn result, from five games so far this season.
The Tigers were first on the board with a try coming midway through the opening half from a cross-field kick in the 17th minute and following an unsuccessful conversion attempt, the visitors had a 4-0 lead.
I’ll discipline and poor handling cruelled the Sharks efforts to get on top of their opponents and it took them until only minutes before the break to notch their first points, Sam Stonestreet getting across the line, the try converted, as they took a narrow advantage to half time.
Whatever coach George Ndaira said to his players during the half time address had the desired effect, five eighth Manaia Waitere, one if his team’s best on the day, scoring in only the second minute of the half.
From there the Sharks knuckled down to the task, with three tries in quick succession, to Trentham Peterson, Thomas Crossle and then Tom Rodwell with the first of his four-points pushing the score out to 26-4.
Replacement hooker Tully Wilton scored after busting through the middle of the Tigers ruck before running 30-metres to score untouched, then Rodwell notched a double, racing away on a 75-metre dash to the try line.
Half Ryan Rivett kicked five goals from seven attempts.
For the Sharks a strong effort from the forward pack paved the way for the win, with Waitere enjoying the space created as he directed plenty of the second half attack, Rodwell and Stonestreet were dangerous out wide and fullback Kane Ball, in his first game for the Flegg Sharks did his job at the back.
The win cemented a position inside the top eight early in the 2022 season, with the Sharks next up against Souths at Redfern Oval on Saturday.
Tom Rodwell 2, Manaia Waitere, Tully Wilton, Trentham Peterson, Tom Crossle, Sam Stonestreet tries, Ryan Rivett 5 goals