THEY may have gone down 44-26 to the Nambucca Heads Roosters on Sunday, but Port Macquarie Sharks coach Anthony Fenton was still happy with the outcome.
That’s because the Sharks got through the game largely unscathed, and with players expected to filter back through in the coming weeks, things are looking up for the finals.
It was a welcome surprise for Fenton on Saturday, with no one limping or being stretchered off before the full-time siren.
Fenton said the scoreline didn’t truly reflect the game.
The Roosters jumped out to a 12-0 lead on the back of two tries in the first 10 minutes.
The Sharks looked likely to score first in the second half, with some good field position.
“But they intercepted and ran the length of the field to score,” Fenton said.
“If they didn’t get it we would have scored.”
About two minutes after that try the Sharks looked like scoring again.
“We put the ball through the hands but dropped it, and they picked it up and ran about 50m to score,” Fenton said.
Eventually the Sharks did get over the line. James Kelly scooted over from dummy half.
George Grant followed it up to make it 20-10.
“They scored a couple more to make it 32-10, but it was pretty evenly matched after that,” Fenton said.
Danny Graham scored another couple for the Sharks, and Harley Gore went over.
Fenton said he was proud of his team’s efforts.
“I’d like to go back there with a full side,” he said.
“Hopefully we will in the semis.”
Next up the side has Macksville, before a bye and then the run into the semis.
Fenton was looking forward to getting some more troops back on the park.
“I’m not going to say too much, bit I’m confident we can give it a good shake,” he said.
“If we have a bit of luck with injuries.”