Shaw Cross Sharks secured their first win of the season with an emphatic victory away to Blackbrook yesterday afternoon.
The Sharks put their opponents to the sword as they ended Blackbrook’s ten game unbeaten home run.
The visitors lead by 14 points at half time before sailing into a comfortable lead in the second half as the majority of the play was carried out in front of the Blackbrook line.
Shaw Cross head coach Brett Turner was pleased with his side’s performance and feels the pressure has been eased after the first win of the season.
“It was one of those days where we got every bounce of the ball and everything we tried came off, it has been coming and I thought we were fantastic,” said Turner.
“I think there was a little bit of pressure on us today, we have performed well twice this season and lost and I feel we played extremely well under a bit of pressure.
“It is nice to get a win under our belts, we have two home games in a row coming up and hopefully we can keep winning these next two weeks.”
Shaw Cross took the lead with only a minute of the game played as Nathan Smith picked the ball from dummy half and showed quick feet to dance his way over the line.
Brandan French was next over but his try was pulled back for a forward pass,
Blackbrook had a great chance to score on the left wing moments later but the final pass was knocked forward.
The Sharks doubled their lead mid-way through the half as Danny Flowers put a grubber kick into the right corner and Nathan Wright was quickest to react as the young winger picked the ball up to score, Flowers added the conversion brilliantly from the touchline.
Shaw Cross’ third try came from another Flowers grubber to the right corner, the Blackbrook full-back was first to the ball but was unable to gather and Benjamin Spaven picked up the loose ball to touch down.
Blackbrook scored their first of the game on the stroke of half time as they broke down the left wing, winger Matt Johnson went over for his first of two tries.
The hosts nearly reduced the deficit soon after the interval but knocked the ball on over the line as Shaw Cross were handed a lucky break.
Spaven scored his second try of the afternoon after a superb offload from Casey Johnson gave the Sharks space on the right wing, Spaven moved his way around the tackler as he received the ball to put his side further ahead.
Moments later Smith was in for his second as he again jinked his way through the tacklers and stretched his arm out to get the ball down.
Turner’s side were in full flow and scored a beautiful try after intricate play from Paul March, Flowers and French. All three players managed to offload the ball in a tight space before March popped it up to Sam Ottewell who gathered to score.
Shaw Cross’ next try was scored only moments later as Flowers kicked the ball horizontally across the field to debutant Nathan Campbell who gathered the ball at pace and charged towards the line.
Campbell’s run was too powerful for the Blackbrook line who could only watch as the Jamaican international went over for a debut try.
Blackbrook were reduced to 12 men in the midst of the try celebrations as Jordan Wellsey was shown red for dissent.
Ross Roebuck scored the Sharks final try with some brilliant individual play, Roebuck gathered on the left hand side before charging 40 metres, the centre was brought down but jumped straight back up before moving infield and barging through the tacklers underneath the posts.
Matt Johnson added a consolation for Blackbrook after a clever grubber to the left corner was put down by the winger.
Blackbrook asserted some pressure in the closing stages but Sharks held firm to restrict their opponents to two scores.
Shaw Cross are back at home next week as they host Milford Marlins as they look to build on yesterday’s dominating performance.
Updated 10:10 - 26 Mar 2017 by Ben McKenna