The Cronulla Sharks continued their winning run overcoming a dogged Sydney Roosters by 12 points on Monday night football.
Wonderful Watson: Connor Watson’s strong performance in the halves was some consolidation for a soundly beaten Rooster side on Monday night. The young five-eight looks to have the speed and vision to make a place in the NRL, a solo try and sleight of hand in several others will give Watson some confidence and hopefully a chance to build some momentum over the remaining weeks of the competition.
Scintillating Sharks: The Sharks attack is now one of the most lethal in the NRL. There was no shortage of highlights from Monday night to add to a season of great attacking moments. Their young backs are feeding off the experience of Barba, Maloney and Townsend and coupled with a formidable forward pack there may be no way to stop this juggernaut. Winning premierships is often about defending as a unit (something the Sharks already did exceptionally well over the last few years), adding a pointy spear to that hunting kit has this group of players on the verge of winning the first rugby league premiership for the Cronulla region.
Success around the corner: The Roosters have the ability to win games, and win them in 2016. This season has been somewhat of a disaster for the three time defending minor premiers, the off field drama and disruption has completely derailed the club from Bondi and sapped the team of confidence. Each week the show signs, as they did on Monday night, of the potential to match it with the NRL’s best – but ultimately untimely mistakes and impatience costs them dearly. Don’t expect the Roosters to go down without a fight for the remaining games in 2016, they will provide a few headaches for finals bound teams in the run to September.
Records in Sight: There seems no end in sight for one of the most successful seasons and record breaking seasons in the Cronulla Sharks history. Following their win on Monday night the club has a dream run into the finals and if they maintain their form they could extend their winning run even further with upcoming matches against Newcastle, Gold Coast, Raiders, St George and the Roosters. A final round matchup in Melbourne could see the club playing for the minor premiership too, although on current form there is a strong chance it will be all wrapped up by then.
Sharks 32 (Sosaia Feki 2, Valentine Holmes, Jack Bird, Luke Lewis, Chad Townsend tries; James Maloney 3, Chad Townsend goals) defeated Roosters 20 (Mitchell Aubusson, Connor Watson, Dale Copley, Daniel Tupou tries; Sio Siua Taukeiaho 2 goals) at Allianz Stadium. Half-time: 16-10 Sharks. Sin bin: Blake Ferguson.