THE Moruya reserve grade put up a fight against the undefeated Eden Tigers on Sunday but lost 28-18.
The Sharks led 18-10 at half-time against a much larger and physical opponent. “The forward play was solid, allowing Joe Brierley room out wide to set up his support players and scoring a great solo try himself,” Sharks spokesman Ian Traynor said.
“Merv Brierley and Nathan McDiarmid also were strong among a host of solid performers.”
Unforced errors in the sloppy conditions and injuries to key Sharks players put Eden in a good attacking position.
“Will Rocqica, Zeke Moreton and Brett Ayton all tackled to a stand still in the second half,” Traynor said.
Coach Juy Cooper was slightly disappointed with the loss but believed his team was building for the finals.
“I know this squad is still melding as a team and that the best is yet to come,” Cooper said.
“While the weather and the heavy field didn’t help our style of play, we can’t make excuses for dropped ball and failing to finish off tackles.”
Eden 28 defeated Moruya 18 (Ezekial Morton, Joe Brierley, Nathan McDiarmid tries, Charles Nye 3 goals).
The Moruya Sharkettes ran away with a 16-nil win against Eden in their league tag match on Sunday.
Moruya was more decisive with the ball and their defence was solid.
Coach Lana Badullovich praised her team’s performance after they played with greater confidence.
“We have improved so much since the beginning of the year,” Badullovich said.
“We are still some way from Cooma and Bega, but I feel we are getting closer to them with every game.”
Moruya 16 (Rachael Moreton, Bree Moreton, Samantha Notman tries, Paige Brigden 2 goals) defeated Eden.
The long weekend is a bye round for all teams and the club’s next games are away in Cooma on June 13.