THE Shellharbour Sharks have continued their impressive start to the 2019 Group Seven season, by smashing crosstown rivals the Stingrays of Shellharbour 50-nil on Saturday.
Despite the match being played at Flinders Field, it took only 15 minutes for the reigning premiers to score the night's first points.
Just when it appeared the hosts were about to score, Juvilee Samui charged down Mitch Rosser's kick, before regathering it and finding his flying winger Jayme Mcelhone to score under the sticks.
Half Matt Carroll converted for 6-nil.
Four minutes later Tamati Ulikita put Donte Efaraimo over, with Carroll again converting - before the latter landed a penalty goal to stretch the lead to 14.
Mcelhone then scored back-to-back tries, in the 25th and 32nd minutes, to bring up his first half hat-trick - which helped the visitors lead 22-nil at the break.
Wayde Aitken, in his first game of the season, then got in on the try scoring act, charging through to score in the 46th minute.
Thirteen minutes later, Callum Sinclair scored next to the uprights, before Mcelhone scored his fourth in the 65th minute, following a perfectly weighted cut-out pass by Carroll - which moved to score to 38-nil, after the latter converted two of those three tries.
The match was iced with tries to Kiran Tranter and Kade Sampson in the final nine minutes, with both being converted by their skipper - to bring up 50 points for the visitors.
In round three, the Sharks will host Albion Park-Oak Flats, while the winless Stingrays, who haven't scored a point through their first two rounds, travel to the Nowra Showground to battle the Jets.