Fawkes: “We were well in the game and could easily have won it.”

4 months ago By Ben McKenna

Assistant Coach Andrew Fawkes reflects on Underbank loss.

Shaw Cross Sharks opened their league campaign with a narrow defeat to Underbank Rangers on Saturday afternoon.

Despite the defeat the Sharks were able to take a lot of positives from the game with Assistant Coach Andrew Fawkes believing that Shaw Cross deserved to take something from the game.

“It is really disappointing to have lost the game, we attacked really well and looked like we were going to win it,” said Fawkes.

“A bit of indiscipline cost us in the end, a few of their tries came of the back of ill-discipline and their penalty kicks towards the end of the game got them over the line.

“We turned down two points when we were winning the game which would have put us a further two points in front, it is fine margins but the signs are positive we were well in the game and could have easily won it.”

Shaw Cross had added former professionals Paul March and Ash Lindsay to their line-up and Fawkes feels that the extra experience they bring is something that will be hugely beneficial.

He said: “They are both class acts, they have both played at higher levels for a number of years and you could tell that the lads lifted for them.

“We probably let them have too much at points in the game, there was a 20 minute spell where they scored three tries and we let them get on top for too long.

“For a lot of the game we were fighting back and we fought back well on two occasions but we didn’t have enough to see it off.”

Sharks lost the away leg to Underbank 24-6 last season, Fawkes feels that it is a sign of progress that Shaw Cross left on Saturday feeling that they should have won the game.

Shaw Cross will play host to newly promoted Hunslet Club Parkside this weekend as they look to secure their first win of the season.

Hunslet Parkside kicked off their league campaign with a comfortable win over last season’s play-off finalists Featherstone Lions.

Fawkes is wary of the division’s new side and believes that they will prove a real tough challenge on Saturday afternoon.

“It was the first game of the season and we need to work on a few things but we definitely could have got something out of the game on Saturday.

“Hunslet are a quality side and have a real buzz at their club at the minute, they are first class, we are going to give it our all.

“Shaw Cross tend to play better when they are in an underdog situation, we play with more freedom feeling that there is less pressure to win the game there were a few games last year where we won when we were expected not too.”

Updated 20:04 - 14 Mar 2017 by Ben McKenna

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