Tries: TODD CARNEY (16M) RICKY LEUTELE (37M) MICHAEL GORDON (67M) JEFF ROBSON (76M)
Goals: MICHAEL GORDON 4/5
Tries: JOSH MANSOUR (8M) DAVID SIMMONS (20M) PETER WALLACE (72M)
Goals: JAMIE SOWARD 4/4
Cronulla scrappy 24-20 win over the Penrith Panthers came at a price , as five-eighth Todd Carney was forced from the field with an hamstring injury as the Sharks recorded their second win of the season in what was a scrappy yet thrilling game of football.
Carney limped from the field and straight to the dressing room after scoring an impressive individual try for the Sharks in the 16th minute.
Penrith opened the scoring in the 8th minute through Josh Mansour and Carney’s bittersweet 4 pointer put the Sharks back to within 2 points after Michael Gordon failed to convert from wide out.
David Simmons crossed for the Panthers in the 20th minute to push their lead back out to 8 points however moments before half time the Sharks hit back with a try of their own as James Segeyaro made a mistake at the back which gifted the home side the opportunity to close the gap to 2 points.
The Sharks levelled the scores at 12 all a short way into the second half through a successful Michael Gordon penalty goal but the Panthers kicked their way back in front moments later when Andrew Fifita gave away a soft penalty from right in front.
Michael Gordon scored in the 67th minute after he timed his run to perfection on chasing down a Jeff Robson bomb. Gordon leapt above his opposite number one Matt Moylan to score under the sticks and push the Sharks out to a 18-14 lead.
Peter Wallace looked to have sealed the win for the Panthers in the 73rd after he raced away to score and put the Panthers ahead but 2 points however the Sharks had the last say in the match as Wade Graham broke through the Panthers line which set up Jeff Robson to score the 4 points that in the end would win the Sharks their second match of the season.
A disallowed Penrith try in the 79th minute created some debate again surrounding the obstruction rule however the call went the way of the Sharks and they held on to win in what was a thrilling battle.