Rockingham Sharks got back to winning ways on Saturday a nine-try to three victory over Willagee Bears in round 15 of the Smarter Than Smoking Premiership.
A solid team performance with tries from eight players saw the Sharks home was they push for playoff spot in 2018.
“We needed that for confidence,” coach Darren Shaw said.
“And the points difference could go down to the last game of then season.”
It wasn’t pretty early on with the Bears offering some solid resistance but once the Sharks found their gears, with hooker Andrew Jefferey moving them round the park, they never looked liked losing this game.
Young centre Will Smith caused problems down the left flank all day, and he opened the scoring after just 3 minutes, collecting a Jack Wray across field kick to score.
Wray added the extras and Logan Barclay, on the other flank grabbed the next, in the 12th minute before Smith got his second of the day eight minutes later.
The ball went the width of the field and through several pairs of hands before Smith exposed the Willagee defence with a clever sidestep inside to go over.
Ezra Taomia’s barnstorming 25-metre run five minutes oater was the highlight of the first half, as he sliced through a tired defence to score.
With Bears down to 12 men through a sin-bin offence, the Sharks stepped up their game and Ben Bolth marked his return to first team action after four months out through injury with a try minutes later after a superb line break from Luke Hughes.
Leading 28-10 at half-time the Sharks needed to pile on some points to help their playoff position and within minutes of the restart Ed Tauhinu crossed for his first try in Sharks first grade colours.
Josh Jerome grabbed the next to round a solid performance in the 54th minute and Connor Hudson produced a classic 2 minutes later, racing 30 metres down his wing before cleverly cutting inside to place the ball under the posts.
Giant forward Charlie Tanikooi barged over on the left edge to add another in the 62nd minute before winger Tom Halliday found space to use his pace to cross, with an superb earlier 90 metre run having fallen short of the try line by centimetres.
Logan Barclay rounded out the day with his second and Wray kicked the extras to finish with 16 points for the day.
In other games Sharks Val Murphy beat Ellenbrook 26-16 and reserves got home in a cliffhanger, 18-12 over the Rabbitohs.