Moruya Sharks eye sudden death

ALL UNITED: Moruya’s reserve grade team will face Bega in a minor semi-final on Sunday.

ALL UNITED: Moruya’s reserve grade team will face Bega in a minor semi-final on Sunday.

THE Moruya Sharks’ reserves, under 18s and Sharkettes will each play sudden death minor semi-finals at Bill Smyth Oval at Narooma on Sunday.

The reserve grade side will tackle Bega, a side they have not beaten this season after a 28-18 loss at home in round three and a 30-22 loss in round 11 at Bega. 

Captain/coach Juy Cooper believed his side had learned from its previous match ups against the Roosters.

“We had two very close losses and in both games we were in positions where we could have won,” Cooper said.

Moruya will be focussing on consistency, defence and ball control as the keys to winning.

“We have to play the full 70 minutes and we can not clock off for five to 10 minute periods,” Cooper said.

“That’s when we let teams back in games.”

The reserves’ final round game was washed out and ground closures due to recent rain forced the team adjust its training session.

“We did a bit of crossfit and running on the grandstand,” Cooper said.

“We’ll be able to do a ball work session tonight.”

Cooper said the team had strong belief and he hopes the players display it on Sunday.

“We have to play to our full potential as individuals because we know what we can do,” he said.

“We all believe we can win a premiership and we’re going to have to do it from the hardest position. 

“The boys just have to bring it together as a team to get the win and I believe they can.”

The team will play close to full strength depending on two or three players’ recovery from illness. 

The reserves kick-off at 12.45pm.

The Sharkettes’  kick off at 11.30am and the women’s league tag side will face Narooma on its home turf.

The Sharkettes defeated Narooma in round one 20-4 at home and also won the round nine clash 16-6 at Narooma.

In Moruya’s final game of the season Narooma earned bragging rights with an 18-nil win at Ack Weyman Oval. 

The Sharkettes will be hoping to find an offensive spark early after being held scoreless in the previous match up. 

The under 18s will tackle Cooma with kick-off at 10.30am.

Moruya earned its first win of the season a fortnight ago against the same squad and coach Justin Zutt hoped the team would play to the same standard again.

“It was the first time we had a full team and we should have a full side for Sunday’s game,” Zutt said. 

Zutt said Cooma’s forward pack was its best asset and the Sharks would have to limit its impact to earn a victory.

“The have big, strong guys up front so hopefully we can get them with class out wide,” Zutt said. 

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