Sharks off mark with first Conference win of season

Shaw Cross second rower Adam Masson feels the full force of an Ince Rose Bridge tackler during last Saturdays National Conference League clash.

Shaw Cross second rower Adam Masson feels the full force of an Ince Rose Bridge tackler during last Saturdays National Conference League clash.

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Shaw Cross Sharks produced a spirited second half fightback to defeat Ince Rose Bridge 30-22 and pick up a first win in National Conference League Division One.

The Sharks went into the game on the back of four defeats but were looking to turn their fortunes around against difficult opponents.

The Sharks started brightly but were unable to capitalise on their early pressure and Rose Bridge opened the scoring with an unconverted try after 15 minutes.

The Sharks conceded a scrum and Ince moved the ball quickly to create space for a second try, which they converted.

Hope was restored for the Sharks on the stroke of half-time when Sam Ottewell played a brilliant short pass to Andrew Fawkes who burst through and created space for Ryan Chalkley to score his third try of the season.

Shaw Cross took the lead early in the second half as a wonderful passing move to the right gave Ross Roebuck space to accelerate and score in the corner. Danny Flowers landed a brilliant touchline goal.

Five minutes later Sharks increased their advantage as Roebuck offloaded to Ottewell who side stepped the defender before scoring their third try.

The home side continued to dominate and were much better disciplined.

Cross extended their lead as Chalkley shrugged off a challenge and burst into space before sending Flowers over and he added another brilliant goal.

Ince Rose refused to lie down and two tries in quick succession saw the Sharks lead cut to two points.

The visitors scored following a 10 metre scrum and from the kick off raced through and the winger stepped round Chalkley to score between the posts. A successful conversion reduced the arrears to 24-22.

Sharks won a penalty 10 metres out and passed the ball from right to left, creating space for Tom Ripley to score.

Resolute defending forced a turnover and a brilliant run from Brandan French saw him hand off four defenders.

Ottewell continued the move but Chalkley was unable to gather the final pass.

Ince Rose Bridge had a player sin-binned for disputing a penalty and Flowers kicked the goal to seal victory.

Coach Brett Turner was extremely proud of his team’s performance, saying: “It feels good, that win has been coming. I said at half time that we just needed to cut the penalties out.

“Everything they did came off the back of us giving them the ball. I said if we cut that out we could score 30 points in the second half.

“It was a big team effort but I was massively impressed with Sam Ottewell again and Frenchy was brilliant in the second half.”

Shaw Cross look to build on the victory as they travel to Elland on Saturday.