Sharks' play-off hopes look a distant dream

SHAW Cross Sharks’ wretched start to the new National Conference League Division One season continues after a fourth straight defeat, this time at the hands of Hunslet Warriors 26-6.

It was the Warriors’ first home game of the campaign and the hosts made the most of it, having come from 6-0 down to run out 26-6 winners.

The Sharks took the lead through Will Gledhill but the Warriors were quick to respond and went over for five unanswered tries of their own.

Early Sharks pressure saw a kick ricochet to Gledhill, who scooped up the ball to score. Danny Flowers converted. The Warriors responded when Richard Wheelhouse – who was named man of the match for the fourth game in succession – sent Luke Day over from close range.

Hunslet took the game to the Sharks and pressure turned into points when Daryl Gaunt latched on to a loose pass to score. Then Wheelhouse was on hand to latch onto a Lee West chip over and score, adding the conversion to the Gaunt try for a 16-6 half-time lead.

Seven minutes into the second half the Warriors extended their lead when Wheelhouse dummied a few metres out to send in West. Victory was sealed just before the hour when Caldon Bravo powered his way over the line leaving Wheelhouse to add the extras.

Play-off hopefuls Shaw Cross may have to re-evaluate their ambitions this year as they search for their first win of the season at home against Ince Rose Bridge tomorrow (Saturday, 2.30pm).

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