PORT Macquarie Sharks have received "a hiding they deserved" from the undefeated, top of the table Wauchope Blues, according to Blues coach Anthony Boyd.
The Sharks led 10-nil scoreline in the first fifteen minutes of Saturday, May 11's match, but were run down by the Blues who took a 36 to 18 win at Lank Bain Oval.
Blues coach Anthony Boyd said his hair was turning gray at the start of the match.
"It was pretty tough when we were down ten-nil for about ten to fifteen minutes," he said.
"We had a guy sent off at about the fifteen minute mark of the game, we played pretty much the entire game with 12 men.
"It was a real gutsy win and I'm really proud of the effort.
"We're a young side... willing to learn and work for each other," said Boyd.
"I still think we were very sloppy and we have a lot of improvement in us. We are good, young enthusiastic team and I'm excited about what we can do when we do click, and get some time in the paddock.
"We are working as a side. What I'm excited about the most is bringing up some of the younger players, and seeing them progress through the ranks.
"We had better team play and they had a team of individuals - I think they got a hiding they deserved on the weekend. It was good to get the win."
Sharks won the reserves, 32-16 and under 18s, 14-4.