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The Roosters have racked up their third win of the season putting away a sloppy Sharks outfit 40-20.
The match started off with a bang with a sharp attacking move resulting in the Roosters Brett Finch scoring under the posts. Fitzgibbon added the extra two and the Roosters were up 6-0 with just two minutes on the clock.
The Sharks hit back quickly as Greg Bird reached out to place the ball on the line.
The action continued but it was all one way as the Roosters stretched out with 3 tries to put them up 24-4 at halftime.
The second half didn't get much better for the Sharks. When Byrne bagged his hatrick in the 63rd minute the Roosters were home and hosed at 40-10.
The Sharks scored two late tries but they were merely a consolation in a bleak performance.
In conclusion the Sharks were always on the back foot with a constant stream of errors resulting in a poor competition rate and giving the Roosters the main share of possession. The Roosters just simply capitalised on the advantage that was given to them.
Leagueunlimited Player of the Year Points: Craig Fitzgibbon 3 Todd Byrne 2 Anthony Minichiello 1
Scorers: Sharks Tries: Bird, Beattie, Franze, Stevens (penalty try) Goals: Bird 2/5 Roosters Tries: Byrne 3, Finch, Hodges, Minichiello, Wing Goals: Fitzgibbon 6/8
By the clock: 1st min: TRY - Roosters. Brett Finch scoring under the posts to finish off a nice attacking move from the Roosters to kick off the first half. Fizgibbon successful with conversion - Roosters 6-0
3rd min: NEWS - Tension explodes for the second time in 30 seconds after a high tackle by Finch on Treister. Penalty count already on a roll at 2-1 to the Sharks.
6th min: TRY - Sharks. Greg Bird reaches out to score a try to hit back at the Roosters. Bird fails to convert his own try - Roosters 6-4
12th min: PENALTY GOAL - Roosters. Harrigan signals a penalty right in front after playing advantage for the Sharks being inside the 10. Fitzgibbon is successful in his kick - Roosters 8-4
18th min: TRY - Roosters. The Roosters run it on the last tackle and Justin Hodges strolls over the line. Fitzgibbon fails to convert - Roosters 12-4
23rd min: NEWS - Roosters penalised and the Sharks go for a shot at goal. Greg Bird puts the kick wide and dead.
25th min: TRY - Roosters. A beautiful attacking move from the Roosters ending with Todd Byrne scoring. Fitzgibbon's conversion is successful. Roosters 18-4
35th min: TRY - Roosters. Razzle dazzle play from the Roosters running it from their own line. Cross broke them and Fitzgibbon passed it on to Minichiello who ran the good part of 80 metres. Fitzgibbon's conversion is successful - Roosters 24-4
48th min: TRY - Sharks. The Sharks chance their arm first with a break from Franze. From there the sharks moved it along the line and Peachy put Beattie over the line. Greg Bird's conversion is successful - Roosters 24-10
51st min: TRY - Roosters. Wing scores from dummy half on the last tackle. Fitzgibbon's conversion is successful. Roosters 30-10
58th min: NEWS - Dean Treister takes a big hit holding up play but eventually he hobbles back to lock into the scrum.
59th min: TRY - Roosters. Fittler shows his class with one of the most precise kicks that you'll see landing in the arms of Byrne to score the Roosters 6th try. Fitzgibbon is unsuccessful with the conversion - Roosters 34-10
63rd min: TRY - Roosters. The Roosters steam train is working up some real pace now as Bryne nabs a hatrick which actually sees a smile on Ricky Stuarts face. Fitzgibbon's conversion is successful. Roosters 40-10
66th min: TRY - Sharks. Bailey produces a beautiful offload to put Paul Franze over in the corner. Greg Bird is unsuccessful with the conversion. Roosters 40-14
78th min: NEWS - Bill Harrigan goes to the video ref to see if Jason Stevens got the ball down in a possible try next to the posts.
79th min: PENALTY TRY - Sharks. Chris Ward the video referee awards a penalty try to the Sharks for the ball being stolen from Jason Stevens in the tackle. Greg Bird's conversion is successful. Roosters 40-20