Sharks wary of revenge bid by wounded Tigers

Mersey Tigers will be looking for revenge when they travel to the Sharks tomorrow evening at the EIS.

The Tigers were hammered 99-56 at home by the Sharks last Friday, and although they bounced back with a victory at Cheshire Jets on Sunday, Tony Garbelotto’s team will need to overcome that 43-point margin if they are to stand any chance of progressing in the competition they won last season.

With his side having won their first three Trophy games, and in touching distance of the semi-finals, Sharks captain Adrian Anderson was pleased with the win against Tigers, but isn’t taking anything for granted: “I’m expecting them to be a bit more tricky this week.

“Tony Garbelotto is a competitive guy, he’s not going to like losing that that, and he’ll have them fired up for this week. They’d have had an extra week together, so we can’t afford to think we’ll go in there and blow them out.

“Regardless of the points difference, we’ll take them seriously, work hard in practice and aim to win the game. Friday was a good result, obviously, but we’re just trying to get better - and the cohesion on the court in improving.

“Our principle concern is our defence, and we need to concentrate on that rather than simply trying to out-score teams. Defence means championships, and we did a good job with Mersey to keep them to 56 points on Friday is a great defensive effort.”