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Sharks secure first home win

2 months ago By Ben McKenna

Shaw Cross Sharks 20-6 Hunslet Warriors

Shaw Cross Sharks won their first home game of the league campaign after a clinical display against Hunslet Warriors on Saturday afternoon.

A late Dickie Piper score sealed the win for the hosts who enjoyed the majority of possession and territory all afternoon.

Head coach Brett Turner felt relieved after the game and feels that a weight has been lifted after the Sharks secured the two points.

“It is a relief more than anything we know what we are capable of, we have just not shown it at home for one reason or another,” said Turner.

“To win here today is a big monkey off our back.

“We had a lot of territory and ball today but they held us out for long periods so that is a credit to Hunslet, their left edge defence nullified our right edge which is usually where we get a lot of joy.

“We are massively looking forward to the game against Ince Rose Bridge in a few weeks, we hope to have even more bodies back by then and may even struggle on what team to pick.”

Luke Hudson helped to get the ball rolling for Shaw Cross as his flicked pass on five minutes found Ross Roebuck who charged over the line for the opening try of the game.

The home side continued to mount the pressure on Hunslet however the Leeds based club defended valiantly to keep one try between the sides.

Shaw Cross finally breached the Warriors line for a second time thanks to Paul March.

March broke the line 40 metres out and raced toward the full back before moving the ball sharply to the supporting Sam Ottewell who dived over under the posts.

Casey Johnson then added a penalty goal from in front of the posts to give the Sharks a 14 point advantage at the interval.

Hunslet began to assert some pressure of their own as the second half got underway however strong defence from Shaw Cross helped them preserve their lead.

The Warriors then received a penalty in their own half and made full use of the advantage given to reduce the deficit.

The penalty brought the visitors to within 40 metres of the Sharks’ line with Gareth Croft finishing off the move by going over on the left.

Shaw Cross then went straight on the attack as Hunslet knocked on from the restart.

The hosts were then given a further boost as Dave Medley was sent to the bin for punching, reducing Hunslet to 12 men.

Dickie Piper then scored the all-important try with eight minutes from time.

Piper shrugged away several tacklers in his charge toward the line before twisting away from the would-be tacklers and stretching his arm out to get the ball down over the line.

The Sharks saw the rest of the game out to secure their first home win of the year.

Shaw Cross are next in action next weekend when they make the trip to Lancashire to take on Ince Rose Bridge.

Updated 15:25 - 9 Jul 2017 by Ben McKenna

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Sharks beaten at Ince Rose Ince Rose Bridge 42-12 Shaw Cross Sharks
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