Sharks no match for Sea Eagles
MACKSVILLE has put a run of poor results behind them comprehensively defeating Port Macquarie 42-12 at Allan Gillet Oval.
The win was Troy Grace's first win as Sea Eagles captain coach since replacing Shayne Cantrill at the midpoint of the season.
Grace was understandably overjoyed with the result and believed it was a reward for his players' efforts.
"It is amazing what confidence can do for a side," Grace said.
"Even though the results hadn't been going our way the boy's effort was always there and today we managed to turn that into a winning performance.
"Port Macquarie had a lot of the ball early but we found a way to keep them out which I felt gave us the confidence we needed in attack."
Although both teams started the match flat it was the home side who first found a way out of it funk and didn't look back taking a 12-0 lead into the half time break.
Scoring not long after the commencement of the second half, Port Macquarie appeared to be on the fight back however then the Macksville floodgates opened.
Six unanswered tries from the home side all but ended the shark's hopes of victory as the Sea Eagles flexed its muscle in front of its home crowd.
"It is hard to really take any positives from that match," Port Macquarie Coach Anthony Fenton said.
"We had a poor preparation leading into the game and it was evident from the opening whistle
"The boy's had a stack of chances to score early on but in the end Macksville were just too good."
While the win has his troops on cloud nine, Grace is making sure they don't get ahead of themselves.
"If we can play this sort of footy till the end of the season we might have a chance of sneaking into the finals.
"In saying that, like the old cliché, we will just be taking things a week at a time.
"It was good to see the boys really enjoying their footy today and hopefully we can keep it up over the coming rounds."
MACKSVILLE SEA EAGLES 42 (D Pickvance 2, N Donovan 2, D Jarrett 2, J Brunsdon, E Cowell tries E Cowell 4 D Pickvance goals) bt PORT MACQUARIE SHARKS 12 (D Holten 2 tries T Nelson 2 goals)
Referee: Ray Pettit
At Allen Gillett Oval, Macksville