“Sharks warming up yesterday afternoon”
Shaw Cross Sharks continued their joy on the road as they won their third away game of the season with a gutsy performance against Featherstone Lions.
Casey Johnson kicked six out of six goals and scored the opening try as Shaw Cross edged their winless opponents by two points.
The Sharks went behind early in the game as Featherstone took a ten point lead, a short pass cut the Shaw Cross defence open before an intercepted ball was collected by the centre who sprinted down the line and scored in the corner.
Johnson replied for Shaw Cross as he received the ball close to the line and thought about the pass before darting to the line and forcing his way over close to the posts.
Minutes later the Sharks went ahead as Zac Parkinson was on the end of a short pass and barged his way through the tacklers to get over the line.
Another score five minutes later put the away side further ahead as Greg Wilby burrowed his way over from close range.
Featherstone reduced the deficit five minutes before the half time whistle as the prop barrelled his way through the tackles to get the ball down close to the posts.
Sam Ottewell got his name on the scoresheet shortly after the second half restart,
Benjamin Spaven broke the line before moving the ball back inside to Ottewell who weaved his way through the opposition defence before diving over in the corner.
Shaw Cross went further ahead moments later thanks to hooker Nathan Smith, Smith picked the ball from dummy half 40 metres out and zig-zagged his way through the tacklers to get over the line.
Featherstone then scored two controversial tries to bring the sides to within two points of each other, the centre barged his way over the line and the referee awarded the try without consulting with his touch judge who had not given the score.
The home side then moved the ball out wide and ran infield to score close to the posts, the Shaw Cross bench were up in arms as they shouted for a forward pass in the build-up, the try was awarded and converted as Sharks lead was reduced to two points.
Jamie Searby then scored what proved to be the game winning try as he dived over from close range in the left corner, Johnson then added a measured kick from the touch-line to put Sharks eight points ahead.
Dec Ellis thought he had scored his first ever try as a senior for Shaw Cross but his score was ruled out for a forward pass.
Featherstone scored with the last action of the game as the winger received the ball on the left and dived over the tackler to score, the conversion was successful but it proved to be the last action of the game as the full-time whistle was blown.
Head coach Brett Turner was pleased with the win and the attitude of his side throughout the game.
“We like it on the road evidently, to go ten points behind and then come back into the game was fantastic,” said Turner.
“In the second-half we only had two fit subs and we tired a bit but to see it out the way we did, I thought we were brilliant.”
“The penalty count was a lot better today and we didn’t give away many cheap ones today and that is really pleasing.”
Shaw Cross Sharks are back in action next weekend as they travel to Hunslet Warriors where they will be hoping to continue their fantastic away form.
Updated 10:14 - 14 May 2017 by Ben McKenna