Sharks on course for minor title

CONSIDER it a fait accompli, Port Macquarie are going to win the minor premiership.

With only five matches remaining before the finals start, the Sharks are undefeated and enjoying a four-game break over the second-placed Coffs Harbour.

And thanks to yesterday’s resounding 92-6 win over a hapless Macleay Valley, Port Macquarie now also have 196-point advantage over the Comets in the points-difference column as well.

In layman’s terms that means that Port Macquarie only have to win one of their final five matches to wrap up the minor premiership and earn for themselves hosting rights in the major semi-final.

Sharks coach Tony Pascoe wouldn’t be thinking that way though.

A man who sees a loss as something that should require a Royal Commission, Pascoe will ensure that his players don’t take their foot off the pedal, particularly this week as they prepare for the match of the season against Coffs Harbour who are in the midst of a seven-game winning streak.

That’s why Pascoe found little to get excited about during yesterday’s demolition.

“We didn’t get any injuries,” was Pascoe’s response to what was the highlight of his day.

Macleay Valley offered little resistance after the break yesterday with three or four players not only fatiguing from having to defend constantly, but from having to back up from playing earlier in the day.

That was all the invitation required for the Sharks to make a beeline to the end zone and in the end there were 11 players who found their way onto the try scorer’s list.

Centre Kieran Vale scored two tries, but also kicked 12 goals to bring his personal points tally for the afternoon to 32.

“That wasn’t a bad way to come back the week after having the bye,” Pascoe said in the understatement of the year.

“There were no injuries and we came back fairly well.

“Now we’ve got Coffs Harbour and Sawtell in the next two weeks, which will be a test.”

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