PORT Macquarie Sharks’ finals aspirations took another blow yesterday, as they went down 28-24 to the Sawtell Panthers.
The Sharks had players in the sin bin at three stages during the match at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium, and weren’t able to capitalise on a strong first-half performance.
Harley Gore bagged a hat-trick for the Sharks, while Ben Read and Ben Green also scored tries.
Chris Green kicked two goals, and Tyrone Nelson one.
The Sharks led 16-4 with just a couple of minutes remaining in the first term, but two quick tries got the Panthers back in it.
Port coach Anthony Fenton lamented lack of numbers at training and poor discipline.
“You can’t expect to play well when you’re only getting six or seven at training every week,” Fenton said.
“It’s the same old story for us.”
Injuries also hurt the side. Michael Bright came back after a long lay-off, only to hurt his knee again.
“I don’t think he’ll be back, but I don’t think it matters now,” Fenton said.
James Kelly was sent to the sin-bin twice. Eddie O’Brien also spent some time off the field.
The Sharks’ are now desperate for points, and will head to Bellingen next week to take on the Magpies.