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Sharks make it two away wins from three

7 months ago By Ben McKenna

Hull Dockers 10-26 Shaw Cross Sharks

Shaw Cross Sharks produced a magnificent display as they secured their second win of the league campaign.

Brandan French was awarded man of the match after scoring two tries, assisting another while also adding a touchline conversion.

Head coach Brett Turner handed first team debuts to Mitchell Firth and Jamie Searby who came off the bench as they helped the Sharks to victory.

It was a nightmare start for Shaw Cross as the Hull Dockers’ stand-off jinked his way through the defensive line before going underneath the posts.

The visitors continued to be put under pressure but held out and scored the levelling try with ten minutes played as Brandan French went over.

French broke the line after gathering a clever pass from stand-off Danny Flowers and ran in behind the posts to draw the scores level.

Shaw Cross were now in the ascendency and took the lead through French as the second-rower scored in similar fashion to his first, Flowers moved the ball to French who handed away the tackler to get the ball down over the line.

Dec Naughton almost added a third try for the Sharks however the referee disallowed the score for a knock on, Nathan Wright also thought he had scored moments later only for his try to be disallowed as the referee deemed the ball to have gone dead.

Hull then wasted a glorious chance to draw level as they broke down the left wing however the ball carrier dropped the ball as he attempted to accelerate away.

Luke Hudson set the tone for Shaw Cross as the second half got underway with a thunderous hit with the very first tackle of the half.

Sam Ottewell made a superb tackle to stop the hosts going over for their second, followed by more valiant goal-line defence from Shaw Cross.

From the resulting turnover the Sharks scored their third of the afternoon through Naughton, French broke the line before offloading to Tom Rogers who broke clear but was tackled before getting up and passing inside to Naughton who went in under the posts.

Hull looked to have responded almost immediately with a try on the right wing however the linesman raised his flag to signal a foot in touch.

Shaw Cross were awarded a penalty for a shoulder charge 30 metres from the line and opted to kick for goal and Flowers stepped up to add the two points and put 14 points between the teams.

Andrew Tillotson then made a fantastic tackle as he brought down the tackler while getting underneath the ball to prevent a try.

After several sets close to the line the Sharks defence was eventually penetrated for the first time in the second half as the Hull centre scored out wide, the resulting conversion was wide.

Three minutes later Flowers sealed the victory as he stretched his arm out to score out wide after receiving the ball from French. Flowers was forced off with a shoulder injury so French stepped up and added the conversion from out wide.

Ross Roebuck almost went in for a fifth Sharks try however play was called back as Shaw Cross were penalised for crossing.

Minutes later the full-time whistle was blown as Sharks made it two away wins from three for the season.

Shaw Cross will not be in action until 6th May as they host Lock Lane at Leeds Road in two weeks’ time.

Updated 10:14 - 23 Apr 2017 by Ben McKenna

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