Sharks cook chooks with first-half blitz

TWO tries each from Justin Bell and Dennis Green put the Moruya Sharks on track for a hard-fought 22-14 win over the previously unbeaten Bega Roosters on Sunday.The Sharks were kept scoreless in the second half but did more than enough in the first 40 minutes to win the entertaining clash at Ack Weyman Oval.The two competition points took Moruya to the top of the Group 16 table after Narooma’s match at Eden was postponed.Moruya showed more intensity in the opening stages of the match and was rewarded just eight minutes in when fullback Green made the most of Aaron Brierley’s chip kick.That seemed to spark the Roosters into action and they hit back just three minutes later.John Dickson looked certain to be stopped but somehow got a flick pass to Sean Bateman, who dived under the posts to give Bega a 6-4 lead.Several first-half penalties halted much of Bega’s momentum and that trend proved costly in the 16th minute when Bell wriggled his way over the try line from dummy half.Brierley added the extras for a 10-6 lead but when Tim Weyman was penalised for a strip in the 28th minute, Dickson took a quick tap and strolled over to level the scores.But the second-rower’s quick thinking was undone just two minutes later when Bega dropped Moruya’s kick-off to put the Sharks in a dangerous field position.And that was all the invitation the home side needed as Bell scored his second of the afternoon to set up a 16-10 buffer.Sharks captain-coach Richard Bradbury thought he had grounded his own grubber kick in the 39th minute only to see his appeals waved away by the touch judge.However, that missed opportunity mattered little as less than 60 seconds later Green completed his double for a 22-10 half-time advantage.The Roosters did pull one back five minutes from full-time through Josh Rose, but the Sharks’ defence stood firm to hold on for a vital win.Earlier in reserve grade, Charlie Nye’s sideline conversion after the full-time buzzer secured a thrilling 28-26 win after the Sharks trailed by 10 points with nine minutes left.Michael Rixon’s 69th-minute try levelled the scores before Nye kept his nerve from the kicking tee.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.