In an ANZ double header the Sharks and the Eels went into this match 0 in 2. The Sharks had an uninspiring win, leaving the Eels scratching their heads.
The Sharks won against the Eels 14 points to 4, finally obtaining their first points for the competition, leaving the Parramatta Eels 0 in 3.
After a worrying two weeks, the Sharks finally came out on top in the second match of the ANZ double header on Saturday night. While a win is a win, it was an uninspiring one, and the Sharks still have work to do in order to be their best and keep their finals hopes alive.
Plenty of Improvement Left
Neither team played to the best of their abilities, leaving no doubt that both the Eels and the Sharks have plenty of work to do. It is only round three, so they can still keep their finals hopes alive if they work quickly to improve the overall performances and start winning more matches to climb the premiership ladder.
Eels Remained Slumped
The Eels are now one of three teams to be 0 in 3 to begin the season, and are in a bit of a slump. Parramatta only made two more errors than the Sharks, and overall had a solid game, however didn’t particularly look as though they were going to score any points. They face the Tigers next Monday night, and will be looking to improve and get their first competition points.
Over the summer, the Sharks signed Trent Hodkinson, and during the match against the Eels, he made his debut in the Cronulla colours, and was one of their best on field. He replaced Matt Moylan who was sidelined late due to an injury, and played a strong game, impressing the Cronulla team and their fans.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
“…was really steady, which is what we needed” Segeyaro on Hodkinson
“We just have to keep fighting” – Brad Arthur, Parramatta coach
“Knew it was going to be tough” – Shane Flanagan, Sharks coach
Parramatta Eels 4
Tries: Kirisome Auva’a
Cronulla Sharks 14
Tries: Chad Townsend
Goals: Chad Townsend 5/5
- Bevan French 2. Josh Hoffman 3. Michael Jennings 4. Jarryd Hayne 5. Kirisome Auva’a 6. Corey Norman 7. Mitch Moses 17. Kane Evans 9. Cameron King 10. Tim Mannah (c) 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Nathan Brown Interchange: 8. Daniel Alvaro 14. Beau Scott (c) 15. Kenny Edwards 18. Will Smith
- Josh Dugan 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Ricky Leutele 5. Valentine Holmes 22. Trent Hodkinson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Jayson Bukuya 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen Interchange: 14. Kurt Capewell 15. James Segeyaro 16. Ava Seumanufagai 17. Joseph Paulo