No nonense Sharks collect win

Michael Bright was one of Port Macquarie's standout players in its 34-16 win over Macleay Valley at Hastings Regional Stadium.
Michael Bright was one of Port Macquarie's standout players in its 34-16 win over Macleay Valley at Hastings Regional Stadium. Leigh Jensen

A NO nonsense performance from Port Macquarie has seen it claim a 34-16 victory over Macleay Valley at Hastings Regional Stadium.

 The Sharks ran in six tries against an error prone Mustangs team to collect its third win of the season.

The home side also displayed a polished performance in defence to limit its opposition to only 16 points.

Displaying much improved discipline with the ball, Sharks coach Anthony Fenton praised his side's performance.

"We had a tough week at training this week so for the boys to come out and play the way they did today was great to see," Fenton said.

"Our ball handling and making silly errors have held us back this season but I felt today we managed to keep the mistakes to a minimum.

"There were times where we fell back into a hole but the thing that impressed me the most is how the boys dug in and fought back."

One of the standouts of the match was young hooker George Grant whose cool head in the second half helped the shark's secure victory.

Fenton spoke highly of the 17 year old after the match as one of Port Macquarie's best performers.

"George (Grant) displayed maturity well beyond his years when I brought him on," he said.

"We were beginning to make mistakes and he come on and helped the boys regain a bit of composure.

"Michael Bright also put in a big game showing plenty of motor."

Going into halftime at 12-10 the sharks returned to the field with intent crossing the try line a further four times.

Macleay valley looked to move the ball around in search of points but was unable to break down a staunch Sharks defensive line.

 The win is the Sharks second in a row and is sure to have the side full of confidence.

PORT MACQUARIE 34 (J Green, T Sheaves, J Kelly, M Bright, G Grant tries T Nelson 5 goals) bt MACLEAY VALLEY 16 (N Davis P Thaiday C Lardner tries A Cowan S Moran goals)

Referee: Nathan Grace

At Hastings Regional Stadium

Reserves: Macleay Valley bt Port Macquarie 36-34

U18s: Macleay Valley bt Port Macquarie 48-22

Topics:  group 2 macleay valley mustangs port macquarie sharks

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