Defence key to Sharks form
DEFENCE was the main factor in Port Macquarie’s emphatic 46-16 win over Macksville at Hastings Regional Stadium yesterday.
With a 16-all scoreline at half time and the Sharks’ unbeaten 2010 record on the line, coach Tony Pascoe demanded changes in certain areas and his team delivered the goods.
“Macksville were still very dangerous and are difficult to contain if you don’t put them on the ground,” he said.
“Once we addressed that situation we could start concentrating on our attack and start scoring some points.”
The Sea Eagles made a dreadful comeback from the half-time break by butchering their first three possessions.
“Three hot sets in a row we dropped the ball,” captain-coach Grant Coleman groaned.
“It wasn’t the smartest football and let the momentum slip away.
“On the other hand, Port were almost perfect with their completions and my blokes found it hard to keep pace once the run of play began to go against us.”
Macksville ran into more injury problems which forced them all to work overtime and there was little juice remaining in the tank for the infrequent occasions they found themselves in possession.
“Yeah, that’s two straight losses but I haven’t hit the panic button yet,” Coleman remarked.
“We’ll just go back to the drawing board at training and find some solutions for the problems we’ve run into.”
The Eagles face Bellingen next up in a critical encounter, with recent fortunes for both clubs nose-diving.