Tries: Jeff Robson (3M) , Michael Gordon (28M) , Sosaia Feki (34M)
Goals: Michael Gordon 3/3
Tries: Willie Mason (38M) , Akuila Uate (53M) , Kurt Gidley (57M), Beau Scott (63M) , Jarrod Mullen (68M)
Goals: Jarrod Mullen 5/5
Field Goals: Jarrod Mullen 1/1
The Sharks gave up an 18-0 lead to go down to the Knights 31-18 in Sunday afternoon football at Remondis Stadium.
Cronulla notched up 18 unanswered points within the first 34 minutes however let their impressive lead slip as the Knights scored late in the first half and continued their scoring ways in the second half.
Jeff Robson started off the scoring for the Sharks in just the 3rd minute off the back of a Michael Gordon off load at the line.
Another Sharks off load led to their second of the afternoon, this time skipper Paul Gallen setting up Michael Gordon to put the Sharks ahead 12-0.
The Sharks were in great attacking position 5 minutes later off the back of a Darius Boyd knock on which proved costly for Newcastle. Sharks centre Ricky Leutele unselfishly giving the ball to winger Sosaia Feki to score in the corner.
The Sharks let in a soft Knights try in the closing stages of the first half , however still led 18-6 at the break.
Newcastle’s luck began to turn from the kick off to the second half as their restart bounced away from all Cronulla players and found its way straight back into Newcastle hands.
As the Knights scored off the back of a pinpoint chip kick from five-eighth Jarrod Mullen , momentum began to swing in favour of the visitors and it was all Newcastle from there on it.
The Knights got back to 18 all in the 57th minute through skipper Kurt Gidley and took the lead from the Sharks just 6 minutes later.
A late try to Jarrod Mullen put the game out of Cronulla’s reach and a Mullen field goal put the icing on the cake for Newcastle.
After being in full control early on in the match , the Sharks should have gone on with the job in the second half. However they lacked enthusiasm and attacking flare at the back end of sets , resulting in another disappointing loss and cementing their place at the bottom of the ladder.
Cronulla face a short turn around as they head to Townsville to take on the Cowboys on Friday. Cronulla will more than likely make the trip minus Captain Paul Gallen who suffered a biceps injury against Newcastle.