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Sydney Roosters scrape home against Cronulla Sharks

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Steve Mascord

Sharks centre Blake Ayshford is rounded up by the Roosters' defence.

Sharks centre Blake Ayshford is rounded up by the Roosters' defence. Photo: Getty Images

Returning NSW captain Paul Gallen accused a referee of laughing when Sydney Roosters scored a crucial try in their drought-breaking win at Remondis Stadium.

When Shaun Kenny-Dowall snatched Todd Carney's cross-field kick out of the air and raced 95 metres to score with 19 minutes left, he broke 12-12 deadlock and it was the Roosters' first second-half points in a month.

But as James Maloney lined up the conversion, Gallen - a late inclusion after overcoming an ankle injury - approached referees Alan Shortall and Henry Perenara.

Cronulla five-eighth Todd Carney is brought to ground by the Roosters.

Cronulla five-eighth Todd Carney is brought to ground by the Roosters. Photo: Getty Images

"You looked straight at me and you were laughing," Gallen said.

"I was not laughing," one of the referees could be heard saying over the match officials audio system.

"Be very careful what you say."

Roosters forward Mitchell Aubusson is going nowhere against Cronulla.

Roosters forward Mitchell Aubusson is going nowhere against Cronulla. Photo: Getty Images

While the try looked like being match-deciding, the Sharks refused to go away, with winger Sosaia Feki racing upfield to touch down five minutes later and tied the scores 18-18.

But then Kenny-Dowall had the real last laugh when he posted his second touchdown, chasing a kick for a converted try in the 71st minute.

Sydney Roosters led 12-6 at the end of an off-kilter and bizarre first half.

The weirdness started after just one minute, when Tricolours lock Aiden Guerra tripped over with the line open and not a hand on him.

Gallen's pass to Carney went to ground soon afterwards - then an unheralded Cronulla player ran 45 metres through three of the sport's biggest names for the opening try.

Centre Ricky Leutele brushed aside Sonny Bill Williams and then beat the cover defence of Anthony Minichiello and Mitchell Pearce to score, with fullback Michael Gordon making it 6-0.

Second-rower Boyd Cordner's response was simple but came after a pass from a winger, Roger Tuivasa-Shek. Maloney's conversion levelled the ledger for the 20-minute mark.

The final try of the first half, four minutes later, was a particularly strange one.

It was Cronulla who made the initial break, Carney kicking for himself, and Mitch Aubusson held the five-eighth off the ball as he tried to regather.

But Aubusson had no way of knowing Carney had not regathered, as he was unsighted.

Gallen hacked the ball ahead, and Tuivasa-Sheck scooped it up, performed a compete 360 degree turn, and found Maloney who was suddenly in the clear. Maloney scooted 25 metres to the line as the crowd booed - but video referees Bernard Sutton and Steve Folkes flashed the green light.

Leutele thought he had a second try just before half-time but was unable to claim a loose ball he had toed into the in-goal.

The scores were level for a second time three minutes after the break when Sharks back-rower Wade Graham bustled his way over and Gordon goaled once again.

Continuing the recent spate of refereeing controversies, Sydney Roosters were denied what seemed a fair try when Cordner tapped a kick down to Jared Waerea-Hargreaves with 19 minutes gone in the second session.

The referees ruled immediately that the ball had travelled forwards but replays cast doubt on that call.

15 comments so far

  • Piss monday nite footy off

    Commenter
    bull
    Location
    bulli
    Date and time
    April 19, 2014, 10:01PM
    • Do the same with bad spelling.

      Commenter
      Joe the expat
      Location
      The Hague
      Date and time
      April 22, 2014, 6:30AM
  • Wow, I knew that the Roosters were ordinary but didn't think they were THAT ordinary. 2013 premiers just scrape home against the team coming last (and will stay last). Just goes to show what a fluke last year was. This mob won't make the eight. I'm right aren't I?

    Commenter
    FaulcoBear
    Location
    Faulconbridge
    Date and time
    April 19, 2014, 10:10PM
    • So No.

      Commenter
      Joe the expat
      Location
      The Hague.
      Date and time
      April 22, 2014, 6:32AM
  • Yeah I've had a gut full of having to wait five nights before all the games are over. Oh for the days when we had footy on Saturday and Sunday.

    Commenter
    RTP
    Location
    Sawtell
    Date and time
    April 19, 2014, 10:18PM
    • It's high time the NRL looked at kicking the Sharks out of the comp. Or at least forcibly relocating them to Perth. They realistically have no chance of winning any more games this year, and their players are just dreadful.

      Commenter
      Ronald M of Redfern
      Date and time
      April 19, 2014, 10:22PM
      • Gallen has turned into a solid gold plated whinger...

        Arguing the toss at every second decision........and complaining how hard done by he is.....

        Get over it Gallen...the Sharks lost..the Roosters won....

        Commenter
        Cyril Q Snodgrass
        Location
        The Gap
        Date and time
        April 19, 2014, 10:46PM
        • We all agree with no MNF but you may have to be a little more persuasive. How about.less "Bronco night football" and a bit more Sunday arvo quality football. We'd get better quality footy, drag the crowds back, better atmospheres, encourage more than just + 18 yr old males to attend and showcase the game as a better product than what's being currently dished up on a cold winters night in front of a paltry few.

          Perish such logic ... That would upset those who run the game ..TCN and Fox.

          Commenter
          Chieftain
          Date and time
          April 20, 2014, 1:28AM
          • If Todd Carney was held off the ball on purpose or accidently he was held off the ball and a penalty should have ensured, Since when have referees or in this case the video referee had the power or indeed the sensory intuition to determine if a player knows if another player has the ball or not. In reality most of them cannot determine a forward pass let alone mind read. Altogether a good game spoilt by another refereeing lapse.

            Commenter
            Rob
            Location
            Gymea Bay
            Date and time
            April 20, 2014, 6:27AM
            • As a sometime teacher many times I've wanted to respond to "Sir, Sir, he keeps laughing at me!" with "Stop being a bloody idiot".

              Commenter
              Seano
              Date and time
              April 20, 2014, 7:27AM

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