Roosters no match for Sharks

PORT Macquarie maintained their unbeaten record yesterday by overcoming Nambucca Heads 28-6 due to only one vital ingredient according to Sharks coach Tony Pascoe.

“Enthusiasm,” Pascoe said.

“It was a real focus for us during the week and everyone just had a real dig, it was very gutsy.”

Pascoe was lamenting during the week the fact his line-up would be missing four players because of representative duties but Nambucca Heads coach Garren Stig would consider missing only four players a day of luxury.

The Roosters have been severely depleted by injury, with front liners like Warwick Jones, Jack Lhuede, Dean Urquhart and Matt Field on the sidelines.

Needless to say, Stig was also thrilled with the attitude of his players.

“I thought our effort was fantastic,” Stig said.

“We were only down 10-6 at half time and in with a bit of a show.”

Unfortunately for Nambucca Heads, the declining numbers on the paddock are making an 80-minute performance difficult to achieve and so it proved yesterday.

“When you haven’t got a lot of numbers at training it makes it hard,” Stig said.

“I said to the players that the way they hung in there as long as they could was great.

“We were hanging in there for the first half but it dropped off a bit after the break.”

Not that Stig expects the teams with a full complement of players to be able to take many points off Port Macquarie at the moment.

“Port are the benchmark,” he said of the competition leaders.

“In the first 30 minutes we probably spent 20 minutes inside their 20 but we just couldn’t score.”

The Roosters are now looking to bounce back next week when they play Woolgoolga at Coronation Park.

Stig believes a win there can cure a few ailments at the club.

“If we can win that then we’ll still be in the top five. There’s plenty of upside to this team but there should be because it can’t get worse.”

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