THE equation for Port Macquarie Sharks is quite simple with the Group 3 rugby league finals a month and a half away.
They must keep winning.
Port Macquarie are currently five points out of finals contention and still have a six-point code of conduct penalty hanging over their heads for failing to provide match videos earlier in the season.
The Sharks, however, refuse to give up on the season as Macleay Valley found out last week.
The Mustangs fell the full brunt of the Sharks attack when they conceded 76 points in just over an hour before the match was called off early due to light issues.
Coach Jake Hawkins admitted the loss of points “certainly didn’t help” their cause but they were trying not to focus on things out of their control.
“We’re still a chance of making the finals if we win most of our remaining games,” he said.
“If we get our points back then that’s a bonus.”
The Sharks host Old Bar on Sunday in a match that looms as a potential crossroads in Port Macquarie’s season.
A win will move them within four points of the Pirates in fourth position with the two sides set to clash again on July 7 in a postponed fixture from earlier in the season.
A loss, coupled with their current six-point penalty, could leave the Sharks seven points adrift of fifth position with five matches remaining.
“We’ve matched it with the Breakers and Wauchope, but any side knows you can’t afford to worry too much about what you can’t control,” Hawkins said.
“We know we’re good enough to be a finals side, so we’re trying to play the way we want.”
First grade kicks off at 3pm at Regional Stadium.
Ladies league tag kicks off at 11.30am, under-18s at 12.35pm and reserve grade at 1.50pm.