PORT Macquarie Sharks continued their dominance of the Group 3 competition on Sunday, knocking off Forster Tuncurry Hawks at Harry Elliott Oval.
The Sharks easily won probably the toughest road trip of the competition, 42-12 as they put their foot down in the second half.
They shot out to a 16-0 lead after 15 minutes and didn’t look back from there.
The Sharks defied the Hawks’ obvious tactic of trying to unsettle them with a physical game.
There was an injury concern for half back Jake Green, who was hit late by Dean Basham.
Green didn’t take any part in the second half and Basham was sent to the bin.
A scuffle later on had Shark David Luck binned after Joe Cudmore copped an elbow.
Hawks player Chris Simon, an experienced player with more than 100 games under his belt in the second row and centre, was sent off.
Earlier, the highlight for Sharks was the third try. Ryan McDonald went over in the corner after some great work from Tyrone Nelson.
Sharks had run the ball on the fifth tackle before a kick across the field landed in Nelson’s hands.
He flick passed to McDonald.
Sharks president Phil Trembath was disappointed with the nature of the match.
“It was a bit grubby,” Trembath said of the encounter.
Cudmore was feeling a bit worse for wear on Monday.
"I've got a bit of a sore head this morning," he said.