Sharks: Nathan Stapleton (9m), Tinirau Arona (15m) ,Sam Tagataese (25m) , Nathan Stapleton (45m), Blake Ayshford (51) ,Nathan Stapleton (56m) ,Nathan Stapleton (69m)
Warriors: Manu Vatuvei (79m)
It was a feeding frenzy at Remondis Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as the Sharks comprehensively outclassed the Warriors 37-6, to record their first win of the 2014 season in emphatic style.
The inclusion of halfback Jeff Robson saw the Sharks begin to resemble the successful squad of 2013. Robson added the structure and direction Cronulla has been in desperate need of as well as providing Todd Carney the chance to play his natural game, which paid dividends for the black, white and blue.
It took the Sharks just 9 minutes to find the try line. Off the back of a bullet-like pass from Todd Carney, Nathan Stapleton scored in the corner to gift the home side a 4-0 advantage.
The Sharks were posting points again just 6 minutes later when Tinirau Arona barged his way across the line to hand the Sharks an unexpected 10-0 lead.
Cronulla added to their already impressive scoreline before the halftime break through Sam Tagataese, to lead the Warriors 16-0 after 40 minutes.
Nathan Stapleton was in the thick of the action again moments into the second half with another 4 pointer off the back of a Todd Carney pinpoint pass.
The 51st minute saw Blake Ayshford score his first try in Cronulla colours as the Sharks continued to dominate an error-riddled Warriors side.
Nathan Stapleton brought up his third try in the match, as the Sharks pushed their lead out to 30 points and took the game out of reach.
A Todd Carney field goal in the 68th minute was followed by Nathan Stapleton’s 4th try of the afternoon, set up again by star five-eighth Todd Carney.
The Warriors scored a late consolation try in the closing minutes of the match, however it was all too little too late for a team that failed to fire against a clinical Sharks side.
Stapleton’s spectator try scoring blitz accompanied by a stoic defensive display saw the Sharks record their first win of the 2014 season and finally give the Cronulla faithful something to cheer about.
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