Rugby League: Sharks suffer heavy loss to Joondalup

ERRORS marred Rockingham Coastal Sharks match with Joondalup Giants on the weekend as they went down 60-28.

The Sharks made the long trip north of the river and it looked to be worth it as they went toe-to-toe early in the first half against the ladder-leading Giants.

However, a lapse in concentration on the stroke of half-time sent Joondalup a try clear.

Sharks five-eight Josh Neal attempted a chip over the top but a Giants player caught the ball and strolled under the posts to claim a try.

The second half was tight early, but poor discipline meant Joondalup was able to take advantage of penalties to make inroads into the Sharks’ defence.

Connor Hudson crossed twice for Rockingham, with Tevita Pomale, Ezra Taomia and Brandon Timlin all nabbing tries, but it was not enough as the Giants stormed to a 32-point win.

Local junior Brandon Wright was impressive on debut and was one of the side’s best alongside Timlin and front rower Taomia.

Liam Goodyear also made his first grade debut and was solid at halfback.

Reserves were able to grab a win for the Sharks, 14-10 over Joondalup thanks to tries from Damien Worth, Julian Wilson-Wyllie and Kasey Jordan. Thirds also went down to the Giants 38-12 with tries to Taka Amai, Tangimetua and David Anton not enough, while the Under-18s also fell 22-12.

League tag rounded out the weekend with the Sharks losing 14-10. Lauren Lambert and Heather Christy were the sides’ best players.

This weekend’s games are at Franklin Offshore Lark Hill Sportsplex, with first grade kicking off at 6pm Saturday.