Port Macquarie Sharks 18 def Old Bar Pirates 16
THE Port Macquarie Sharks are starting to string some wins together much to the delight of coach Wayne Grant.
Their second on the trot came Sunday afternoon when they claimed a narrow two point victory over Old Bar.
An important win in wet weather, the Sharks are now into the top four and have set their sights on building more consistency, and continuing to belief in themselves.
“It was a pretty close match all the way through. We were always in the lead but not by a lot,” Grant said. He took charge of the clipboard after returning from illness.
“A few combinations have changed, and the guys have some self belief now which is what it’s all about. Everything’s starting to fall into place.”
Five eighth Corey Murphy continues to impress and scored a hattrick against the Pirates to lead his team to victory.
“Again he was very good. All the forward stood up for us. It was a real team effort that got us there,” Grant said.
“I’m really happy with how things are going. Both teams turned the ball over a bit (but) we defended well and scrambled well.”
“Two of Old Bar’s tries were scored off kicks but it is what it is. Over all I’m really happy with how things are going. It’s onwards and upwards from here.”
With no injuries to report, Grant will stick solid with the same team that did the job against the Pirates.
“We have a few niggles, but nothing that will stop the guys from playing this weekend,” he said.
Their next task is at Port Macquarie Regional Stadium on Saturday where they’ll host the sixth placed Wingham Tigers.
Group 3 ladder
- 1. Port City Breakers (24)
- 2. Macleay Valley (20)
- 3. Taree City Bulls (17)
- 4. Port Sharks (16)
- 5. Old Bar Pirates (15)
- 6. Wingham Tigers (14)
- 7. Wauchope Blues (12)
- 8. Forster Tuncurry (10)