Cronulla bounce back
Cronulla snapped their three match losing streak in style, overturning an early 12 point deficit to run riot over the Roosters with 37 unanswered points. It all started through an unlikely hero in unspectacular fashion, when Matt Prior dived on a loose ball to claim their first points of the match. The flood gates then opened, as the Sharks ran in another five tries in an impressive display.
Two important cases of two points
The Sharks win sets up a blockbusting showdown with Melbourne next week to decide the Minor Premiership. The Storm slipped to the Broncos on Friday night, allowing the title race to light back up. While the two competition points provided some much needed relief for Cronulla, there was another important two points offered up to the club. With the Roosters penalised late in the game when Ennis looked to burrow over the line, the Sharks opted for two points, allowing Ennis to pilot over the penalty to mark his name on the scorer’s sheet in his final home game before retiring at the season’s end.
Roosters fans can expect a positive 2017
While the scoreboard may not flatter the Roosters’ side, the team played beyond the result. Cronulla maintained possession through a controlled performance, commanding 58% of possession. The Sydney side had to make an extra 124 tackles than their Cronulla counterparts, including more than 30 inside their own 20 metres. It was energy zapping and allowed Cronulla to score plenty, but the Roosters certainly made them work for those tries.
Sharks a hoodoo club for Roosters
The Cronulla side have now won five straight matches against the Roosters, with a new hoodoo forming in the NRL. While this season it is the Sharks who have had the better fist of things, that hasn’t been the case in the previous few years. The Sydney city side will be eyeing off the fixtures against Cronulla next year with great caution, as it is a game that is proving to bring about their downfall regularly.
From the Sheds
Siua Taukeiaho left the field after just two minutes, sustaining a knee injury, with early diagnosis suggesting the Roosters’ lock had ruptured his ACL.