SHAW CROSS SHARKS fell to their second defeat in a row in a high-tempered 18-6 loss against Elland at Leeds Road.
The game was marred by ill-discipline which saw three players sin-binned.
The hosts were looking to bounce back from their opening-day defeat and looked much more organised in the early exchanged.
However it wasn’t long before the home team was breached and found themselves 6-0 down inside 10 minutes. Andrew Shickell broke away down the middle and powered his way across the goal line. Philip Taylor converted.
The Sharks regained their composure and looked solid for the next few sets. The stability served the home team well and on 19 minutes they drew level, with Curtis Sidebottom finishing off a well-executed set.
Danny Flowers, who had an outstanding game, kicked the goal to bring Shaw Cross level.
Elland regained the front foot and on the half-hour mark they retook the lead with Shickell getting his second try of the game.
The second half sparked a more intense encounter as just after the hour mark Elland’s Cayci Pearson was sin-binned for a dangerous elbow on Matthew Byatt.
Elland went in for a try just after the incident took place but it was brought back and Pearson was shown a yellow card for his challenge.
Five minutes later tempers flared again as Jack Gledhill reacted to a high tackle from Taylor. Gledhill threw the ball in Taylor’s face before the Elland player threw a punch which connected with the Shaw Cross man. The officials sent both players to the sin-bin.
Two minutes later the game was all but finished with Elland going over in the left corner to deliver the knockout blow. Chris Dyson completed a sweeping move to get in down the left side.
The resulting goal was missed but the game was beyond the reach of Brett Turner’s side.
Shaw Cross failed to make their man advantage pay getting close to Elland’s goal line without being able to get over and with the last kick of the game Philip Taylor, back on after being sin-binned, kicked a penalty goal to make the result even more comfortable.
Shaw Cross face Wigan St. Jude’s tomorrow (Sat) hoping they can finally kick-start their league season after a poor start.