Tries: SAM TAGATAESE (32M) , PAUL GALLEN (48M) , MICHAEL GORDON (51M)
Goals: MICHAEL GORDON (4/5)
Tries: DAVID NOFOALUMA (19M) ,PAT RICHARDS (27M), CORY PATERSON (55M), CHRIS LAWRENCE (57M)
Goals: PAT RICHARDS (3/4)
A lack of finish saw the Cronulla Sharks narrowly beaten by the Wests Tigers in front of 15,869 faithful fans in Women in League round.
Cronulla welcomed back five-eighth Todd Carney for this match; however Carney’s presence was not enough to get the Sharks across the line, as they failed to produce the killer blow in the closing stages of the match resulting in another disappointing defeat in 2014.
Michael Gordon got the Sharks on the board with a successful penalty goal in just the 4th minute.
A well-constructed play by Wests saw winger Nofoaluma saw the first try on the night in the 18th minute. The Tigers backed this up with another classy try moments later as Pat Richards scored and converted to put the Tigers ahead 10-2.
A determined Sam Tagataese scored the Sharks reply in just his first touch of the football to put the Sharks back within two points.
An unsuccessful penalty goal by Michael Gordon on the half time siren saw the Tigers take a 10-8 lead over a hungry Cronulla side.
Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen got the home side off to the best possible start early in the second half scoring off the back of a pinpoint short ball from Todd Carney.
Captain Gallen was in the thick of the action minutes later as he set up fullback Michael Gordon through an impressive outside inside play. Gordon racing away to push Cronulla’s lead out to 20-10.
Just when the Sharks looked in control of the match, the Tigers struck back with two tries of their own in quick succession putting them ahead 22-20 with twenty minutes of the match remaining.
The Sharks had a number of chances to steal the game however poor attacking options saw the Tigers hold on to record a two point win and get their season back on track.