Navy Sharks Update
The Sharks progressed into the semi finals of the Dubai 7's with two confident games that saw them score a total of 86 points and concede none. Their first opponents were the last pool game against russian side Spartac who were a bulky aggressive side, the Sharks however moved the ball well early on opening up space for Naval Airman Iffi Kava to score, further pressure saw tries from Corporal Greg Bardon, Marine Rob Lloyd and Sharks skipper PO Wayne John. Although the Russian side tried to attack the well organised Naval defence held firm forcing mistakes from their opponents resulting in further scores from Marine Aron Humphries, Bardon and Lloyd.
RN Sharks 41 - Spartac 0
The quarter final saw the Sharks drawn against CMB Building Maintenance & Investment, after a cagey opening few minutes which saw both sides with good attacking opportunites the Sharks worked an opening for Naval Airman Iffi Kava who flew down the touchline and step the last defender to touch down near the posts, the next try came from great defensive pressure in midfield where their opponents spilled the ball allowing Corporal Greg Bardon to hack through and collect to score, CMB were constantly under pressure on their goal line resulting in a penalty to the Sharks, Corporal Gaz Evans reacted quickest to tap the penalty and power over for another try. The second half started with another score from Kava wide out and you could see the CMB side starting to tire, from the restart Bardon rose to take the hanging kick cleanly above his head and speed away for his second try of the game, replacement AET Kelly Wise managed to squeeze in at the corner before a perfectly timed inside pass to PO Wayne John on the half way line put him in space, he immediately pinned his ears back showing perfect technique to streak away from his chasers and dot down under the posts.
RN Sharks 41 - CMB Building Maintenance & Investment 0
The Sharks will now face the Wooden Spooners in the semi final on Saturday who are one of the teams tipped to win the tournament but 2 good performances today will give the Sharks confidence.