NRL suspended

Close call: Billy Magoulias scored a a second half try to put the Sharks in a winning position on Saturday night. Picture: Chris Lane
Close call: Billy Magoulias scored a a second half try to put the Sharks in a winning position on Saturday night. Picture: Chris Lane

The Australian Rugby League Commission and the National Rugby League has suspended the 2020 Telstra Premiership Season until further notice.

In response to both the revised medical advice from government health officials and biosecurity experts, coupled with the travel bans introduced by the Queensland and New Zealand governments, the NRL said it was unable to continue the competition. The Commission will monitor the situation daily and review the competition next month.

At least the young Sharks team had two chances to gel as a team but unfortunately, it was another week and another game that got away, after they looked to be in control much of the Saturday night game against Melbourne Storm only to lose to a 76th-minute penalty goal.

The Sharks took the lead with a second-half try to local junior Billy Magoulias, only for the Storm to hit back and then steal a 12-10 win with a Cameron Smith penalty in the closing moments.

The Daryl Braithwaite hit song 'Horses' still blasted around the empty ground during the break-even though he wasn't there to sing it -but even that didn't help the Sharks get the points.

The match was also the last game in a Sharks jersey for centre Josh Morris, who left to join his twin Brett at the Sydney Roosters on Monday.

The former NSW and Australian centre won't know when he will come up against his former teammates as the Sharks were supposed to play the Roosters on April 12.

"It would have been nice to end with a win but it is a pretty young side and they would have learned the hard way in that last 10 minutes how to close out a game," Morris said

Captain Wade Graham failed to finish the match against the Storm but will now have plenty of time to fully recover.

In positive territory, once again fill in fullback Will Kennedy looked dangerous in attack, whilst Brailey was strong at dummy half in his second 80-minute performance in back to back weeks, with Aaron Woods and Scott Sorensen causing some damage upfront. Josh Dugan was seen running and was getting close to his first appearance of the season after overcoming a knee problem.