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Live: Cronulla Sharks v Sydney Roosters

Bryce Gibbs gets the chocolates for man of the match and that's it for me tonight.  We'll be back on Friday night to kick off round 19 - our first full round in a few weeks - when the Bulldogs play the Eels at ANZ Stadium.  Thanks for your company and don't forget to log on to or pick up a copy of tomorrow's Herald to read all the wash-up from Glenn Jackson.  Goodnight Springton, there will be no encore.

Both sides halves and kicking games were found wanting in this one, and not just during that extra-time frenzy of field-goal attempts.  The Sharks definitely missed their back row, and I'll plump for Ben Pomeroy as man of the match.

The Sharks move into outright third with that one point but they wanted more from this one.  Hard to be too critical of a Sharks side missing so many of their key players but they're going to have to be better than that to be a force at the pointy end of the season.  It starts against the Dragons this week in the rivalry round while the Roosters will face the oldest foes of them all - the Rabbitohs.

The Roosters unable to get the play-the-ball in before the siren sounds and it's a draw.  Yes, you read right, a good old-fashioned draw.  Sharks 14 Roosters 14.

Into the final 10 seconds now. 

Carney gets ANOTHER shot away on the last and it's not even close.  This is actually quite hard to watch.

89 min: Carney flicks it off to Anthony Tupou on the fourth rather than kicking.

88 min: Pearce again misses.

87 min: Carney kicks early after the Sharks find themselves deep in their own half with just two tackles remaining. 

86 min: The Roosters go short-side before Pearce misses another attempt.

85 min: Todd Carney again unable to get a clean strike on the field-goal attempt.

85 min: Andrew Fifita fields the kick and takes the first hit-up for the Sharks, who are playing for second spot on the ladder.

85 min: The Roosters get us under way this time through Boyd Cordner.

That's the siren and we've got five minutes to go to find a winner here. 

Seconds left to play in this first period of extra time.

Pearce misses again from close range.  I could have kicked that one.

83 min: End to end stuff as the Roosters find themselves in good field position and now with a repeat set.  This will just about do it.

83 min: Wade Graham has a crack this time but it drops just short.

Pearce's attempt for the second time in a week has neither the distance nor the accuracy.

82 min: Fifth tackle for the Roosters now.

82 min: Carney has a shot at a field-goal from almost 50m out and it's unsuccessful.

81 min: Pearce kicks from inside the 40m but it's straight down the throat of Matthew Wright who then cops a big hit from Joseph Leilua and Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

81 min: The Sharks kick off for the first term of golden point extra time.

Sharks are five and five in golden points, while the Roosters have won four, drawn one and lost two. 

79:55: Carney unable to get the shot away due to some good pressure from the Roosters defence and he stabs the kick toward the wing but that's to no avail as well.  We're heading for golden point.

79 min: The Roosters charge down the field-goal attempt before Mitch Aubusson appears to dive on it but in fact knocks it on.  Scrum feed to the Sharks with 10 seconds to go and surely he'll have a kick from first receiver 35m out.

78 min: Nathan Stapleton fields Pearce's kick and the Sharks will have the last chance to finish this in regulation time. 50 seconds to play.

77 min: Mortimer lands the most important one of the night to square us up.  14 plays 14.

76 min: TRY to the Roosters.  Mitchell Pearce kicks on the fourth tackle and it looks like we're heading for golden point.  Some acrobatics from Leilua in the lead-up keep the ball alive before Aidan Guerra wins the race to the kick and scores just to the left of the sticks.  Sharks 14 Roosters 12 with a kick to come.

75 min: Wade Graham comes up with the error and the look on Mitchell Pearce's face says it all - they think they're in with a sniff here.  Roosters have the feed 35m out from the Sharks line.

Crowd of 13,139 on hand at Toyota Stadium and that's not bad on a winter Monday.

Carney lands it and it's Sharks 14 Roosters 8 with six minutes to play.

Carney will kick for goal and I'll admit this one does make some semblance of sense.  This will put the Sharks out to a 14-8 lead and either a win (good result for the SMH team) or golden point (not). 

PENALTY to the Sharks.  Mose Masoe coming in to wrap up the legs of Bryce Gibbs who is still yet to surface anew.  He's on report and the match review committee will be earning their keep this week.

71 min: The Roosters head to the short side and Pearce is unable to get a kick away, instead throwing a hospital ball to Shaun Kenny-Dowall who coughs it up and it's a turnover on the 50m line.

71 min: The Roosters hold on again and it's Leilua taking it up.

69 min: Tautau Moga comes up with a screamer, spilling the ball on his own 10m line.  The Sharks can just about put the Roosters to bed with a try here.

68 min: Wright appears to have recovered sufficiently as he fields a Pearce chip on his own line.

65 min: Matthew Wright is absolutely cleaned up by his opposite number Anthony Minichiello and it's a penalty to the Sharks.  Hard to chip a bloke for not taking his eye of the ball though but Wright still looks to be in cuckooland. 

Carney succeeds in adding the two points and the Sharks are out to a four-point lead.  Sharks 12 Roosters 8 with 16 minutes left on the clock.

The Sharks are again having a crack at the two points and if the previous decision to do so was curious, surely this one is inexplicable. 

62 min: Waerea-Hargreaves, who's been in hot water all night for this sort of thing, has again come up with a high shot, this time on Sharks playmaker Jeff Robson.  The Sharks not happy about it and he's on report again.  Andrew Fifita also spoken to for coming in as the third man.  Penalty to the Sharks.

61 min: Carney kicks to the left side again and Shaun Kenny-Dowall knocks on.  The Sharks will have the feed on the 10m line.

59 min: Leilua coughs it up and once again the Sharks have the ball deep inside the Roosters' half.

59 min: Minichiello again solid at the back fielding another high ball from Carney. 

58 min: Mortimer's kick is too deep and rolls over the Sharks' dead-ball line.

Mortimer doesn't even get within a suburb of that conversion and the score remains 10-8 in favour of the Sharks.

56 min: POSSIBLE TRY to the Roosters - 12-point turnaround anyone? Pearce shifts wide and Cordner appears to impede Wade Graham before Joseph Leilua crosses in the corner.  This looks like it should be awarded, and it is.  Sharks 10 Roosters 8, and the Roosters can level it up with a successful conversion.

55 min: Carney begins to look dangerous as he shifts sideways before spilling it in a hit from Boyd Cordner.  The Sharks are then pinged for offside and, after waiting 50 minutes to get one, the Roosters have their second penalty in as many minutes.

No try - and the home crowd aren't happy.  The Roosters get a penalty immediately from the restart - their first of the match.

52 min: TRY? to the Sharks.  Forget sixes and sevens, the Roosters' defence were at ones and twos there.  Robson grubbers behind the line and acting skipper Wade Graham charges over between Minichiello and Kenny-Dowall to score.  The defence not great but take nothing away from the play.  Although we're going upstairs and this one looks less clear-cut by the second.

51 min: PENALTY to the Sharks.  Jared Waerea-Hargreaves the culprit with a run-of-the-mill infringement in the play-the-ball.  Silly stuff

Here's Glenn Jackson's take on the opening stanza:
"This one should go down to the wire. The Sharks look best in attack, while the Roosters' defence could break at any time. But the Sharks are without a number of key players - including forwards who generally play big minutes. It appears they will be without Ben Ross for the rest of the contest. It should come down to the battle between Mitchell Pearce and Todd Carney."

48 min: It's the Roosters' turn for a repeat set this time as Carney shapes for a line drop-out after Matthew Wright is forced to take the ball dead.

45 min: Minichiello fields Robson's kick and takes it up for the Roosters before Leilua knocks on to gift the Sharks a set in good field position.

42 min: BJ Leilua grounds the ball but it looks like he's knocked it on in the lead-up.  No try and the Sharks will restart from their 20m line.  Score remains Sharks 10 Roosters 4.

Still no word from Jacko - we'll send the SMH goon squad out and see what's happening.

41 min: Carney shifts it wide for the Sharks and Ben Pomeroy makes some good metres before Jeff Robson comes up with the kick.  Roosters on the half-way line now.

40 min: Nathan Stapleton kicks off and Lama Tasi takes it up for the Roosters.

Sides are making their way back onto the paddock and we'll be under way again very shortly.

There's the siren and that's it for the first half.  We'll take a short break as well and be back with the second half shortly, as well as Glenn Jackson's take on the first half.  For mine neither coach will be too happy, but the Sharks' Shane Flanagan will be having a word to his halves about a few wayward kicks, and Brian Smith is probably shaking his head wondering how his side are just six points behind.  Back soon.

Carney lands the kick - the first successful attempt of the evening - and it's Sharks 10 Roosters 4.  Interesting decision to take that shot at goal so close to half-time.

37 min: Sharks get another penalty inches out from the line.  Roosters young gun Aidan Guerra will be happy for the brief breather - he seems to be in another planet after ending up at the bottom of the ruck in the previous play.  Carney to have a crack at the two points.

Masoe with plenty of claret in the mouth there and the Sharks get the penalty after all.

37 min: STINK.  That's woken up a few punters.  Looks like Mose Masoe and Ben Pomeroy in the thick of it.  Seemed like the Sharks were going to get a penalty but it remains to be seen what will happen now.

34 min: The Sharks knock on just out from the line.

33 min: What a difference a minute makes.  Minichiello heads sideways ignoring Mitch Aubusson but is then dragged into touch.  Another golden opportunity for the Sharks to shoot further ahead.

32 min: Jeff Robson goes high to Anthony Minichiello but the veteran custodian makes no mistake at the back.

CHANGE for the Sharks.  John Morris on for Isaac De Gois.

31 min: Carney hits the uprights.  Score remains Sharks 8 Roosters 4 as we head toward the half-time break.

29 min: TRY.  Finally the Sharks break through.  Ben Pomeroy gets the ball on the last and dodges left and right before heading for the line.  Sharks 8 Roosters 4 with a kick to come.

29 min: Sharks deep into Roosters territory again on the fifth tackle.

26 min: Changeover as the Roosters fail to make the most of repeat sets.

25 min: Nathan Stapleton looks in all sorts of trouble after an attempted tackle on BJ Leilua.

Martin Kennedy is off for the Roosters with Mose Masoe on.

The first penalty of the match goes to the Sharks and the Roosters have been marched another 10m for dissent.  Jake Friend the culprit.

22 min: Carney does well to field a stabbing kick from Mitchell Pearce and the Sharks are back in possession.

Equally the Sharks will be disappointed not to have troubled the scorers again.

A telling stat there - and the Roosters are lucky to be on a level footing.  Sharks have been tackled 15 times in the Roosters' 20m to the Roosters' zero.

20 min: Tautau Moga charges down the sideline but it's a forward pass. 

16 min: Jeff Robson makes a meal of the kick and Anthony Minichiello is there to clean up for the Roosters.

16 min: Andrew Fifita almost makes it through the Roosters' defence and the Sharks are looking dangerous again.

14 min: The Sharks are just metres out again but Jeff Robson spills it for the Sharks' first error of the night. Roosters with the scrum feed.

12 min: Ben Ross is on the deck after copping a shoulder from Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.  He's on report and the penalty goes to the Sharks. 

Carney unable to add the extras and we're all locked up after 10 minutes.  Sharks 4 Roosters 4.

9 min: TRY to the Sharks.  The home side go left again and Ricky Leutele barges over in the corner, aided by some poor defence from Mitchell Pearce.  That's his second try in just four games in the NRL, and what a way to mark his first appearance in the top grade this season.  4-4, kick to come.

8 min: Another early kick from Carney and this time it pays dividends.  That was probably a 30-20.  Fantastic stuff.  Brilliant opportunity for the Sharks to hit back immediately.

Daniel Mortimer misses the conversion.

5 min: TRY to the Roosters.  Shaun Kenny-Dowall returns from injury in style to open the scoring.  A lovely ball from Mitchell Pearce puts SKD into a hole who darts through to score in the corner.  Roosters 4 Sharks 0, kick to come.

4 mins: Roosters on the repeat set.

3 min: Carney puts the kick dead on the full on the last tackle, some good defence from the Roosters there but worrying signs early with the Moga error.  Still scoreless at Toyota Stadium.

1 min: The Sharks kick early looking for the 40-20 but it's no good.  The Sharks get the result however with Tautau Moga spilling the ball at second-receiver just 20m out from his own line.

1 min: Boyd Cordner gets us under way and Bryce Gibbs takes the first hit-up for the Sharks.

The home side is coming down the tunnel and we're all set for kick-off.

There's plenty to play for for both sides with regards to the ladder as well.  The Sharks are currently in sixth, but victory can move them to a share of second with the Bulldogs while the Roosters, currently third last, will be within a win of the eight if they prevail.  For-and-against is a big issue for both sides so expect plenty of attacking football.

Welcome to Toyota Stadium as we head to the Shire for Monday Night Football to wrap up round 18.  A few injuries have opened this clash right up, with inspirational skipper Paul Gallen out for the Sharks and his Roosters counterpart Braith Anasta ruled out last week.  Daniel Mortimer comes off the bench to start at five-eighth for the Roosters with Nafe Seluini coming into the side. 

Join the Twitter outlaw as Todd Carney faces up to the club that punted him at the end of last season.


Toyota Stadium, Monday 7pm (AEST)
Last meeting:
Round 24 2011 - Roosters 36 bt Sharks 25 at Allianz Stadium.
Head-to-head: Roosters 54 Sharks 21 Draw 1
Referees: Jared Maxwell/Chris James
Live, FoxSports 2
TAB Sportsbet:
Sharks $1.50 Roosters $2.65
Roosters +4.5

Greg Prichard writes: The Sharks are fast getting used to recording winning streaks. They won six in a row early in the season and are currently on a three-game streak. The times are not nearly so good for the Roosters, who have won just two of their last nine. These two teams are four wins apiece in their last eight clashes, but the Sharks have won three of the last four clashes at their ground.

AAP writes: The Roosters will look to move on from their last start hammering to celebrate Braith Anasta’s 250th NRL game in some style this week. Although still technically a finals chance (if they win at least six of their next nine), the tricolour have had to do some mid-season juggling after losing Sam Perrett to the Bulldogs and Anthony Mitchell to the Cowboys. Todd Carney and Paul Gallen will back up from Origin for the Sharks, who will be without backrower Jeremy Smith on a one-week suspension.

Key: Todd Carney will be out to prove himself against the club that released him at the end of last year. It’s the first time he’s faced the Roosters since they parted ways.

SHARKS: Matthew Wright, Isaac Gordon, Ben Pomeroy, Colin Best, Nathan Stapleton, Todd Carney, Jeff Robson, Bryce Gibbs, Isaac De Gois, Ben Ross, Wade Graham, Jayson Bukuya, TBA. Interchange (from): Andrew Fifita, Tyson Frizell, John Morris, Mark Taufua, Jon Green, Anthony Tupou.

ROOSTERS: Anthony Minichiello, Joseph 'BJ' Leilua, Mitchell Aubusson, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Tautau Moga, Braith Anasta, Mitchell Pearce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Martin Kennedy, Aidan Guerra, Boyd Cordner, Frank Paul Nuuausala. Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Tinirau Arona, Lama Tasi, Mose Masoe.


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