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Cronulla Sharks put week from hell behind them with amazing win over Sydney Roosters

Roosters 28 Cronulla 30

Celebrate: Cronulla rejoice after their amazing win.

Celebrate: Cronulla rejoice after their amazing win. Photo: Anthony Johnson

As it happened: Roosters v Sharks

Eight days after staging the greatest comeback in their 47-year history, strife-torn Cronulla bettered it to record a win for the ages.

Without a coach, captain Paul Gallen or the sacked Todd Carney, the Sharks were expected to be pulverised as cannon fodder at Allianz Stadium.

I want to break free: Sonny Bill Williams tries to evade Jeff Robson's clutches.

I want to break free: Sonny Bill Williams tries to evade Jeff Robson's clutches. Photo: Getty Images

Time
80.00
Team
SYD
Score
28
Team
CRO
Score
30
Sydney Roosters versus Cronulla
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Players Aubusson(2), Pearce, Kenny-Dowall, Elliot Tries 5 Tries 5 Players Graham, Gagan(2), Feki, Robson
Players Maloney 4/5 (80%) Conversions 4 Conversions 5 Players Gordon 5/5 (100%)
Players Penalty goals 0 Penalty goals 0 Players
Players Field goals 0 Field goals 0 Players

Instead they came back from 24-0 down to hit the front through a Jeff Robson try with three minutes remaining and then survived a controversial call when referee Gavin Morris ruled 'no try' on a possible Mitch Aubusson touchdown with 11 seconds left because he was unsighted.

Video referees Steve Chiddy and Steve Folkes were unable to find enough evidence to reverse the on-field decision to deny what would have been Aubusson's third try.

It was one of the most unlikely results in recent NRL history. An 18-point halftime margin became 12 when 21-year-old winger Jacob Gagan scored from Fa'amanu Brown's kick three minutes into the second half.

Winning try: Jeff Robson crashes over to score the decisive four-pointer.

Winning try: Jeff Robson crashes over to score the decisive four-pointer. Photo: Anthony Johnson

Then it took a magnifient effort from Dylan Napa to prevent replacement Tim Robinson scoring by holding him up in-goal. The pain was merely delayed for Trent Robinson's side, with winger Sosaia Feki crossing not long afterwards.

The six-point margin stayed for five tense minutes. Aubusson gave the Roosters some breathing space when he crossed for his second try at 57 minutes.

But the Sharkies kept gnashing their teeth, Gagan crossing for his second with seven minutes remaining and Michael Gordon converting from the sideline.

Forward thinking: Sharks prop Sam Tagataese is tough for Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce to bring down.

Forward thinking: Sharks prop Sam Tagataese is tough for Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce to bring down. Photo: Getty Images

The Roosters' first try came as a result of some dazzling left-side handling, with Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Nene McDonald and James Maloney combining for Aubusson to cross unopposed.

That was in the fifth minute. The next Roosters try came in the ninth. Sam Moa and Jake Friend provided the lead-up in mid-field and halfback Mitchell Pearce reaped the rewards with his fourth touchdown of the year.

Winger McDonald charged through the teeth of the Cronulla defence at the 15-minute mark and found centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall in support; the third Tricolours try was followed by five-eighth Maloney's third consecutive conversion.

Cronulla Sharks score the match winning try. Click for more photos

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There were those already muttering about a mercy rule.

But Cronulla were unfortunate that Gagan had a try chalked off after 21 minutes. Video referees Steve Chiddy and Steve Folkes found Brown had run behind Tupou Sopoaga in the lead-up, obstructing the defence.

But the besieged Sharks continue to give cheek, Sam Tagataese making. Long break, before quick hands put Sydney Roosters debutant Brendan Elliot over in the south-western corner.

Pearce then experienced a double blow when his own would-be try from a bomb was chalked off and he threw the ball straight to rival captain Wade Graham for he visitors' first try.

37 comments so far

  • Bloody hell....I changed the channel because I hate the roosters....dam I will have to watch a replay....awesome stuff sharks.

    Commenter
    boz
    Date and time
    July 05, 2014, 10:01PM
    • Your a sad case Boz. Why watch at all? Did you watch the grand final? Worry about your own team!

      Commenter
      Joey
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 06, 2014, 1:59AM
    • Being a Sharks fan is not like being a fan of any other team. You guys just have no idea what it is like.

      Commenter
      GOV
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 06, 2014, 4:16AM
    • I did exactly the same thing, couldn't bear seeing the Chooks hit 50. Then a Sharks supporter I know sent me a text saying 'You Beauty',and I turned the telly back over with 2 minutes to go.Good on 'em!

      Commenter
      onfiresquire
      Date and time
      July 06, 2014, 7:09AM
    • Cronulla Sutherland v The World

      Cronulla 3 (CS 26-Broncos 24, Major Sponsor, CS 30- Easts 28) World 1 (TC drinks own P)

      Commenter
      GOV
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 06, 2014, 3:08PM
    • On second thoughts after video reef checkback

      Cronulla Sutherland v The World

      Cronulla 4 (CS 26-Broncos 24, TC drinks own P, Major Sponsor, CS 30- Easts 28) World 0

      Commenter
      GOV
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 06, 2014, 3:45PM
  • Fox Sports called it the greatest win of the century. Hard to argue.

    Commenter
    Bourbon Bec
    Date and time
    July 05, 2014, 10:12PM
    • WOW.. What happened to defence..Hey Trent!! you have to make the guy's accountable again. That was a very bad loss...

      Commenter
      watda
      Date and time
      July 05, 2014, 10:24PM
      • Certainly a win for the ages. No Gallen (who is huge hearted and gutsy as hell but often overplays his hand), no Lewis, no Carney, the second fill-in coach for the season. A fair try disallowed. A gutsy, gutsy victory with the next generation of Sharks players standing up in Brown, Gagan, Feki etc.

        Commenter
        Bill Blazejowski
        Location
        Blazeland
        Date and time
        July 05, 2014, 10:36PM
        • Well played Sharks. Can't complain you hung in there for 80mns and won.

          I'm a Chooks man and am pretty devastated by that. No team ought to lose after leading 24-6, Especially if the team has designs on a premiership. Gutted. I've watched the team closely this year and believe they are going through the motions in games. Not sure that the hunger is anywhere near what is was last year. Its a pity because we'll only have this team for a short time and it is very good.

          Commenter
          Foghorn Leghorn
          Date and time
          July 05, 2014, 10:38PM

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