Thanks for joining me tonight for what was a terrific local derby. For all the latest from the match log on to smh.com.au or pick up a copy of The Sun-Herald tomorrow. See you next time.
Full-time: SHARKS 12-0. Outstanding win by the Sharks, their fourth in a row. It's also the first time since 1973 they have held a St George Illawarra/St George/Illawarra side to nil. The only downside to their victory was an injury to fullback Nathan Gardner, who was carried off the field near full-time in a distraught state.
79 min: The "Sharkies, Sharkies, Sharkies" chant goes up at Toyota Stadium. Beating the Dragons is as good as it gets for the Cronulla faithful.
75 min: Error hands the Sharks possession. Surely they are home and hosed now.
74 min: Penalty to the Dragons. They must score in this set of six otherwise it's curtains for them.
71 min: For Sharks fans' sake, I hope I don't jinx them but Cronulla look like they can't be beaten tonight.
66 min: The Dragons' Jason Nightingale denied a try by the video ref, despite replays suggesting otherwise.
63 min: Driving defence forces the Dragons' Nathan Green into the in-goal. Repeat set for Sharks.
57 min: TRY to the Sharks. Wade Graham grounds a clever grubber kick by Jeff Robson. Carney makes no mistake with the conversion. SHARKS 12-0. Sharks can smell blood in the water now.
50 min: Sharks spill the ball with the try line beckoning after a huge run by Andrew Fifita. Nathan Gardner fails to hold a difficult pass from Fifita.
47 min: Dragons hooker Dean Young is unable to ground the ball over the line and knocks on. How good is the Sharks' defence this season. Shane Flanagan is an early contender for coach of the season.
44 min: Ordinary pass from Gallen cruels a Shark attack. Not the NSW skipper's night so far.
Standby for the start of the second half. Blow that whistle, ref!
This is Sun-Herald reporter Adrian Proszenko's take on the first half: ''We've seen a little bit of everything in the first half. Some razzle dazzle from the home side, a couple of uncharacteristic Paul Gallen mistakes and a Todd Carney 40-20. Gee, he looks good in a sky-blue jersey. Ricky Stuart will be watching. The Sharks have taken a small lead over big brother in what has been, so far, a cracking local derby. Can't wait for the second half!" You and me, both Adrian!
Half-time: SHARKS 6-0. Ladies and gentlemen, we have an arm wrestle on our hands.
38 min: Sharks 40-20. Massive kick by Carney. But his good work is immediately undone with a knock-on, by Gallen of all players, on the first tackle.
32 min: Back-to-back penalties to the Sharks. Big chance to extend their lead. Dragons hold on after Paul Gallen, somewhat foolishly, runs from dummy-half on the last.
28 min: Strong run by Pomeroy puts the Sharks on the front foot. Sharks getting good value out of their unheralded centres tonight.
22 min: Outstanding defence keeps the Dragons out, capped off by a great catch in-goal by much-maligned Sharks centre Ben Pomeroy.
19 min: Dragons on the attack, looking to level it up. Hooker Mitch Rein held up over the line by desperate Sharks defence.
14 min: Great run by Cronulla's Jayson Bukuya, one of the most improved players in the NRL. Sharks awarded a penalty soon after, much to the delight of the home crowd.
6 min: TRY to the Sharks after a break by Colin Best was eventually finished by hooker John Morris. Todd Carney turns four into six. SHARKS 6-0.
Pre-game: Thanks for joining me tonight. Another ugly win by my beloved Roosters, against the Gold Coast Titans (18-12) at Skilled Park, in the earlier game this evening, but hey, a win's a win!
The grudge match from the Shire as the Sharks host the Dragons in classic chip-on-the-shoulder rugby league.
All the action from 7.30pm as 'Sonny' Phil Mitchell returns from his contractual week off where he took his first step towards the World Strawweight title - by going to the gym.