MILESTONE: South Kolan's Andrew Ratcliffe.
MILESTONE: South Kolan's Andrew Ratcliffe. Kathryn Nielsen

Sharks’ bite might be too powerful

RUGBY league is one of the most physically demanding sports on the planet and for a team to be successful it must have what South Kolan has - size, speed and skill.

The Sharks go into Sunday's Northern Districts Rugby League as the defending premiers and favourites, but the man in charge of the team won't allow his players to believe everything they hear.

South Kolan coach Dean Akers has been around rugby league long enough to have been on the right end of upset results, and know the pain of what it's like to lose when he was supposed to win.

And he plans on having his team ready to go come 3pm Sunday afternoon at Avondale's home ground, Bushs Rd.

With doubts on the fitness of a few of his players, Akers will give them a run tomorrow to ensure they will make it through the 80 minutes.

Because rarely despite tasting defeat in 2015, Akers said he knew finishing as minor premiers meant nothing at this time of year.

"There are no guarantees in life - so there are certainly no guarantees in grand finals," Akers aid.

"We have to get an equal share of the football and an even share of the penalties.

"Also, if we get half the 50-50 calls I think we will be hard to beat."

Miriam Vale captain Glenn Cox admitted to still feeling the pain of being knocked out of the running in 2014 by the Sharks and is keen to get the game under way.

What Cox will face though is a forward pack led by skipper Kurt De Silva at lock will of big men who are well-drilled by Akers.Sione Moi Moi and Peni Taulalau will be charging at the line from the start of the game and Akers said he knows the trio will have to be on their game early.

"Miriam Vale will turn up ready to and we are going to have to match them," he said.

"We need a good start and to finish well and really take it to the Magpies forwards."

There has been some great games in the NDRL this season and the grand final is shaping to be the best.

With hard-hitting forwards and flashy backs in both line ups the game will have everything rugby league fans want, and when the result means so much to both clubs the players will put in that extra bit of effort.



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