Sharks steal the show in the NDRL
LEAGUE: South Kolan knows how to spoil the party when they want to.
The Sharks ruined the 30th anniversary celebrations at Tegege Oval on Sunday by beating home team Avondale 34-31 in the Northern Districts Rugby League.
In a tight battle early, the sides went try-for-try before the Tigers moved ahead by 12 points with 25 minutes to go.
South Kolan fought back to level the scores at 30-30 before Tigers half Andrew Filo put the side back in front with less than four minutes remaining.
The Sharks' Clint Simpson scored in the final minute of the contest.
"It was a character-building win,” Sharks coach Andrew Mason said.
"We had a player sent off halfway through the second half, so we played with 12 players mostly through it.
"I was very proud of the players for sticking through it.”
Mason said the Sharks got back to basics.
"We just got back on track, did what we knew, and got the simple stuff going,” he said.
The third straight win in the competition puts South Kolan in second on the ladder, the first time it has been in that position since 2015.
The Tigers are now third.
"Anything is achievable at this level so hopefully the players can help us get to the finals at the end of the year,” Mason said.
"For us Miriam Vale and Avondale are still the top teams in the competition so we still see them as the benchmark.”
South Kolan next face Miriam Vale in a top-of-the-table clash, after the Magpies smashed Agnes Water 84-8.
Magpie Ricky Noy scored four tries as the side remained unbeaten in the competition.
The NDRL has a bye this weekend with matches to resume in Avondale on June 17.