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Sharks doze on the job

PORT Macquarie coach Tony Pascoe will be heading to the chemist this week so he can pick up a few packets of NoDoz because he’s sick of his team going to sleep after half time.

A fortnight ago the Sharks let Orara Valley eat into a handy half-time lead and yesterday it happened again.

Port Macquarie played solid, consistent football against Macleay Valley yesterday to lead 24-0 at the break but failed to go on with the job.

Pascoe frustratingly watched the Mustangs score three unanswered tries in the second half to blow an opportunity to build up some valuable points difference in what is proving to be a very even competition.

“I can’t believe it happened again, it was the same as the Orara game,” Pascoe lamented.

“We went into the sheds to have a talk and it was all positive.

“We said what we had to do in the second half but when we went out there we didn’t do it.

“We simply turned the ball over with silly mistakes and didn’t give ourselves a chance.”

Port Macquarie’s Fijian connection of Hamilton Hughes and Nac Kini Kini were prominent early with Hughes scoring two tries and his partner in crime another.

Exciting teenage centre Kieran Vale also delivered another eye catching performance.

But then it all went pear shaped as the Mustangs led by experienced captain-coach Adam McMurray and Sam Howe wrested momentum back their way.

The win now puts the Sharks on top of the table and facing Coffs Harbour at Advocate Park next week. A fixture Pascoe won’t be taking lightly.

“I’m sure they’ll have the article you wrote pasted all over their walls this week, so Coffs Harbour will be fired up,” he said.