Shute Shield: Second Half Blitz Keeps Pirates’ Finals Hopes Alive

by Paul Cook - A half-time dressing down from coach Matt Briggs and skipper Tom Games has garnered the required reaction, with West Harbour recovering from a 24-12 deficit to run in six second half tries and beat a game Eastern Suburbs, 49-31 at Concord Oval. With their season on the line, the Pirates turned a listless first half effort into a second forty minutes that showed why they can be such a dangerous opponent when they are on song, hat-trick hero Joel Brooks in particular, staking his claim for higher honours with another impressive display. “We couldn’t hold the ball, we made too many set-piece mistakes, there wasn’t enough desperation or enough urgency and some of the guys thought that it was just going to happen,” Briggs told Rugby News of his side’s first half display. As t
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