Sharks smash Southern Suburbs in thrilling league match

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Mossman-Port Douglas Sharks player Matthew Bonn proves difficult for the Southern Suburbs defence to bring down Photo: Maria Girgenti
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Fullback Matthew Gibuma was again the toast of the Mossman-Port Douglas Sharks when he scored four tries in their 30-6 win over Southern Suburbs in this Round 13 fixture of the Cairns District Rugby League (CDRL) at the weekend.

It’s been a fairy tale season for Gibuma, who has scored close on 20 tries, averaging two per game.

His ability to outsmart the opposition and overall consistency has played a key role in a team that lost their first three games, and are now unbeaten in their last nine matches.

The Sharks, with 18 points, sit on top of the ladder with Brothers and Yarrabah next best on 16 points.

Sharks coach Brian Murgha was full of praise for his team and how they have turned their slow start to the season to one which sees them leading the competition.

“The attitude among the players has been exceptional. They want to enjoy each other’s company and play for each other. There is a wonderful camaraderie which sets the tone,” he said.

The Sharks are at home to Atherton on Saturday (6pm) and although they do not want to get ahead of themselves, they are hoping to continue their form in their next few games and defend their premiership title.
  
Last year, the Sharks won its first CDRL premiership in 20 years beating Tully 36-12 in the grand final. 

CDRL RESULTS — ROUND 13

A GRADE
INNISFAIL 36 (Lata Fakalelu 3, Fred Koraba, Dan Sagigi, Cody McCarthy tries; Lachlan Biondi-Odo 6 goals) def TULLY 18 (Cameron Vecchio 2, Jonty Ivey tries; Phil Nona 3 goals)

IVANHOES 34 (Dallas Skardon 3, Rhylee Herd, Zak Banister, Jacob Wallace, Alphonse Bulkua tries; J Wallace 3 goals) def EDMONTON 24 (Isaiah Pau, Roger Tait, Mark Volpe, Aiden Kawiri-Kusu tries; Sterling Amber 4 goals)

MOSSMAN-PORT DOUGLAS 30 (Matthew Gibuma 4, Kalani Anau, Mareko Daniel tries; M Daniel 3 goals) def SOUTHERN SUBURBS 6 (Richard Joinbee try; Kody Oliver goal)

BROTHERS 40 (Dantoray Lui 3, Evan Child 2, Isaiah Wigness, Luke Fleming tries; E Child 6 goals) def YARRABAH 26 (Gundyl Costello 2, Jayden Kynuna, Andrew Garrett, Roderick Duncan tries; Amiel Harris 3 goals)

KANGAROOS 34 (Ty Millard 3, Dale Ambrym, Bradley Stephen, Rhylan Reys tries; Bradley Stephen 5 goals) def MAREEBA 28 (Tom Hughes 2, Andrew Close-Knight, Eze Harper, Trent Barnard tries; J Edwards 2, E Harper 2 goals)

A GRADE LADDER
1. Mossman-Port Douglas 18
2. Brothers 16
3. Yarrabah 16
4. Innisfail 15
5. Atherton 14
6. Kangaroos 13
7. Ivanhoes 13
8. Southern Suburbs 10
9. Mareeba 8
10. Edmonton 6
11. Tully 1


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