ROCKINGHAM Coastal Sharks first grade turned around a horror start to the season with a credible loss against South Perth on the weekend.
The Sharks went down 40-30 but were in the game until the last five minutes when a dropped ball cost them a chance to take the lead.
Rockingham got out to a 12-point lead on the back of tries to Tevita Pomare and Reece Potter, however Souths came back and within five minutes of half time led 20-12.
Straight after half time South Perth scored twice to take the lead to 30-12 and from there it was all Sharks.
The lead was narrowed to 30-34 with 5 minutes to go, however the Sharks were unable to get over the line.
Pomare, Potter and Hayden Toby-Dangen all performed admirably and were named among the best for Rockingham.
In other grades, the Leaguetag went down 4-0, the thirds won 38-4, the Under-18s won 34-14 and the reserves went down 20-16.
Mariah Bell and Lauren Lambert were standouts in Leaguetag while fullback Wirihana Huriwai was named Under-18s best player.
Bryce Elliott led the way for thirds and Taihuha and Karlo Trego were best on for the reserves.
This Saturday the Sharks will take on South West Warriors at Franklin Offshore Sportsplex.