SHELLHARBOUR City Sharks have bounced back to the winner’s list in emphatic style, comfortably accounting for Jamberoo Superoos 36-4 at Ron Costello Oval on Sunday.
With both sides well below full strength, it was always going to be a tight battle, but the sending-off of Jamberoo second-rower Simon Maslanka in the 30th minute on a touch judges report, with the Sharks ahead 8-4, turned out to be a telling factor as the Sharks made the most of their superior numbers to score six second half tries.
With the wind at the backs in the first half, the vistors were first on the scoreboard when captain-coach Matt Coelho dived on a loose ball in-goal to lead 4-0.
The Sharks quickly replied through tries to Reed Harris and Hans Schuster to take the lead for the first time and really never looked like releasing their hold on the game after Maslanka was given his marching order ten minutes from halftime.
The opening exchanges of the second half were tight, but the advent of under-18 fullback Kurt Field as a replacement on the wing was a master-stroke as the blonde youngster scored an amazing hat-trick on debut as the Sharks exploited their superior numbers out wide.
With a mounting injury toll, the Superoos tried in vain to stem the tide, but with a sniff of blood in the water the hungry Sharks weren’t about to loosen their grip.
In a convincing display by the Sharks, Hans Schuster, Harold Snell, Justin Rodrigues, Bronx Goodwin and Field were their best, while Jono Dallas, Mark Asquith, Gavin Jarrett and Luke Gilmore never stopped trying for the Superoos.