Sharks and Roosters battle for golden point draw

The Cronulla Sharks have failed to break the deadlock with the Sydney Roosters, resulting in a 14-all draw at Toyota Stadium in from of 13,139.

The Roosters fired quickly as Shaun Kenny-Dowall slipped through the defensive line to open up his side's account. Daniel Mortimer took goalkicking duties in place of Braith Anasta, and he failed to convert. Roosters led 4-0 after 6 minutes.
 
Todd Carney put the Sharks in a great attacking position with a pin-point 40/20 kick. It didn't take long for Ricky Leutele to score through a defensive hole after he received a no-look pass from captain Wade Graham. Carney failed to convert. The game was locked at 4-all after 12 minutes. 
 
The completion rate has hindered the Roosters chances at victory all season, and tonight it continued. The Sharks took the lead with 10 minutes before half time. Ben Pomeroy took a dart from acting half to beat the poor defence with a dive-over four-pointer. Carney was unsuccessful with the conversion - the Sharks leading 8-4. On the stroke of half time, Carney opted for the penalty goal to make it a six point lead at the break, 10-4.
 
The Roosters found their feet mid-second half as the video referee awarded Joseph Leilua a try after and obstruction was ruled out on Wade Graham earlier in the play. Mortimer's conversion fell to the right of the posts. The gap closed to two, Sharks 10-8. 
 
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves had two encounters with the match officials which saw him placed on report. On both occasions, Todd Carney took the penalty goal attempts. Inside the final five minutes, the Sharks held a 14-8 lead.
 
A costly mistake from the Sharks gave the Roosters prime position to send the game into extra time. With two minutes to play, Aiden Guerra jumped through to post the match-levelling try off a Mitchell Pearce kick. Mortimer converted to lock the game up at 14-all at the end of regular time. 
 
Both sides failed to capitalise on points in the extra time period with no less than seven attempts at the one-pointer. A lacklustre golden point period ended with both sides leaving Toyota Stadium with one competition point.
 
Looking ahead to Round 19, the Sharks take a road trip down south to take on the Dragons at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, while the Roosters face their arch rivals in South Sydney at Allianz Stadium.

Photo credit: Chris (@Vossy7)

Match Details
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 14 drew with Sydney Roosters 14
National Rugby League - Round 18 - Monday July 9, 2012 7:00pm
Venue: Toyota Stadium
Referee: Jared Maxwell and Chris James
Video Referee: Paul Simpkins
Touch Judges: Adam Reid and Adam Gee
Crowd: 13,139
Halftime: Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 10 Sydney Roosters 4

Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Bryce Gibbs
2 Points - Wade Graham
1 Point - Anthony Minichiello

CRONULLA SUTHERLAND SHARKS (14)
Tries: Ben Pomeroy, Ricky Leutele
Field Goals: Todd Carney (0/2), Wade Graham (0/1)
Conversions: Todd Carney (0/2)
Penalty Goals: Todd Carney (3/3)

SYDNEY ROOSTERS (14)
Tries: Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Aiden Guerra, Joseph Leilua
Field Goals: Mitchell Pearce (0/3), Daniel Mortimer (0/1)
Conversions: Daniel Mortimer (1/3)

LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary Welcome to League Unlimited's coverage of Monday Night Football live from Toyota Stadium.

The Cronulla Sharks see FOUR changes to their team from the one named on Tuesday. Isaac Gordon, Colin Best, Jayson Bukuya and Paul Gallen have all been ruled OUT; John Williams, Ricky Leutele, Jon Green and Anthony Tupou come in. With Bukuya and Gallen ruled out, Andrew Fifita and Tyson Frizell take their place in the starting side

As for the Roosters, Braith Anasta is OUT, with Daniel Mortimer replacing him at 5/8th. While Nafe Seluini makes his Roosters debut off the interchange bench.
Both sides are going through their final preparations in the sheds ahead of kick off in minutes time here at Toyota Stadium
1 min: Jared Maxwell blows time on and we are UNDERWAY with the Sydney Roosters kicking off to give the Sharks first use
2 min: KNOCK ON! Tautau Moga failed to hold onto possession in the quick play of the ball. Scrum feed packs down for the Sharks on the Roosters 20 metre line.
3 min: A poor kick from Todd Carney on the end of the Sharks set goes out on the full behind the dead ball line. The Roosters' defence holds without leaking points thus far. Roosters have it on their 20 metre line
4 min: Jake Friend fires the ball to the in goal area and the Sharks force it dead. As a result the Roosters have a repeat set with a line drop out.
6 min: TRY
TRY! Sydney Roosters
Shaun Kenny-Dowall cracks the Sharks defence and opens up the point scoring account with a nice hole run. Daniel Mortimer fails to kick the ball the distance off the tee, conversion unsuccessful.
Sydney Roosters 4-0
8 min: Massive kick from Todd Carney brings up a 40/20 for the Sharks. Great play after conceding points. The Sharks will pack down a scrum feed on the Roosters 20 metre line
12 min: TRY
TRY! Cronulla Sharks
Ricky Leutele scores the Sharks first points after he went through a gap in the line off a beautifully waited no look pass from captain Wade Graham. Todd Carney fails to convert from the touchline.
4 all
13 min: Time off here with Jared Waerea-Hargreaves collecting Ben Ross high. As a he has been placed on report. Penalty given and the Sharks with possession on the Roosters 30 metre line
14 min: Another penalty to the Sharks deep in the Roosters half. Carney finds touch and the Sharks will have a full set from the Roosters 20 metre line.
14 min: KNOCK ON! Jeff Robson failed to take the ball cleanly off the quick pass. So, the pressure is released following the back to back penalties. Now the Roosters have possession on their 20 metre line through a scrum feed.
20 min: Forward pass has denied Tautau Moga points in the corner as the pass was ruled forward out of the hands from Mitchell Pearce. The Sharks have a scrum feed on their 20 metre line
23 min: Penalty has gone to the Sharks, following that Jake Friend gave Jared Maxwell am mouth full and marched him 10 metres. The Sharks with possession now on the Roosters 40 metre line
24 min: Poor tackle option from the Sharks sees the ball roll dead and the Roosters with the ball through a 20 metre optional restart.
25 min: Wade Graham charged out of the line and got a touch on the ball. Roosters get the ZERO tackle on the Sharks 10 metre line.
27 min: Daniel Mortimer tried a short kick as he looked for the in goal area, but unable to get through. Change over the call for the Sharks on the goal line.
30 min: TRY
TRY! Cronulla Sharks
Ben Pomeroy took a dart from acting half and beat the poor defence from the Roosters to claim the Sharks second try. Todd Carney with the conversion fails adds the extras from out wide
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 8-4
34 min: Anthony Minichiello has been pushed over the touchline by two Sharks players. As a result the Sharks come up with possession through a scrum feed on the 40 metre line.
37 min: Time off here with things getting heated. Both sides have come together in a fight
37 min: Penalty has gone against Mose Masoe for the holding after the held call. Free kick taken and the Sharks are on the attack deep in the Roosters half
38 min: Another penalty for the Sharks after the Roosters failed to clear the ruck. Todd Carney attempting the penalty goal from out wide
39 min: PENALTY GOAL
PENALTY GOAL! Cronulla Sharks
Todd Carney slots the penalty goal to make it a six point lead heading into half time
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 10-4
40 min: The kick restart doesn't happen as the siren sounds for half time. At the break the Sharks head by 6 points, 10-4
41 min: We are UNDERWAY in the second half with the Sharks kicking off.
42 min: Video Referee for the Roosters, looking at a possible knock on
42 min: NO TRY! Tautau Moga is denied points after the video referee spun up the red lights for a knock on. 20 metre restart for the Sharks.
46 min: Todd Carney placed a kick to the in goal area but Shaun Kenny-Dowall got to the ball first. So the Sharks earn a line drop out.
49 min: Shaun Kenny-Dowall almost getting to the ball to score, but the mistake sees the Roosters earn a line drop out
51 min: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves penalised for a strip. The Sharks go on the attack from the Roosters 40 metre line
52 min: Video referee for the Sharks, possible for Wade Graham.
52 min: NO TRY! Wade Graham has been denied by the video referee for a knock on. Hash call against him. Making it worse, the Roosters get a penalty after the 20 metre restart
55 min: Video referee for the Roosters
56 min: TRY
TRY! Sydney Roosters
Joseph Leilua has been awarded his try after the green lights spun up with no obstruction ruled on Wade Graham. Daniel Mortimer fails to convert from out on the far touchline
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 10-8
59 min: KNOCK ON! Joseph Leilua fails to hold the ball in the tackle and hands possession to the Sharks. They have a scrum feed on the Roosters 20 metre line
61 min: KNOCK ON! Another mistake from the Roosters, this time Shaun Kenny-Dowall has dropped the ball short of the goal line. Scrum packs down for the Sharks on the Roosters 10 metre line.
62 min: Time off, the fight breaking out again. Penalty has gone to the Sharks.
62 min: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has been placed on REPORT, the Sharks will get the penalty and Carney taking the penalty goal here.
64 min: PENALTY GOAL
PENALTY GOAL! Cronulla Sharks
Todd Carney struck it nicely and added the two points with the penalty goal.
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 12-8
66 min: Time off again. Anthony Minichiello has been taken out by Matt Wright at the back under the high ball. Penalty has been given the Sharks.
69 min: KNOCK ON! Tautau Moga has dropped the ball trying to take the high ball off the kick. Failed to get a grip on the ball. The Sharks will have a shot at the Roosters line with a scrum feed on the Roosters 10 metre
71 min: Jeff Robson put a short kick to the in goal area but Minichiello picked up the ball shy of the goal line for the Roosters.
72 min: Great defence from the Sharks, forced the Roosters to end the set with a mistake on their 40 metre line.
73 min: Time off, Bryce Gibbs is down. Has been the best player in run metres tonight.
73 min: Mose Masoe ON REPORT for diving at the Gibbs legs. Penalty given, Carney taking the shot at goal
74 min: PENALTY GOAL
PENALTY GOAL! Cronulla Sharks
Todd Carney added the extras with the penalty goal to extend the lead to 6 points.
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 14-8
75 min: KNOCK ON! Wade Graham has coughed up possession. Roosters earn a scrum feed 35 metres from the Sharks goal line.
78 min: TRY
TRY! Sydney Roosters
Aiden Guerra jumped through the line off a Mitchell Pearce kick to plant the ball down. Great stuff from the second-rower. Daniel Mortimer converts to lock us up with 2 minutes to play.
14 all
79 min: 60 seconds to play, game locked at 14-all. Sharks with the ball
79 min: Time off, Mitchell Aubusson ruled to have knocked on. 9 seconds with Sharks scrum
80 min: SIREN SOUNDS! GOLDEN POINT HERE WE COME! Sharks and Roosters 14-all
Roosters win the toss, Sharks will kick off to start GOLDEN POINT
80 min: We are UNDERWAY in the first period of EXTRA TIME here with the Sharks kicking off.
81 min: Mitchell Pearce kicks downfield looked for a 40/20 but unable to get over the touchline. The Sharks with it on their 20 metre line.
81 min: Todd Carney stabs the kick down and it rolls over the dead ball line. Roosters with the ball off a 20 metre tap
82 min: A massive kick from Pearce falls short of the posts, the Sharks with the ball on their 30 metre line with a big run from them.
83 min: FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT
NO GOAL! Wade Graham took a stab kick at FIELD GOAL 40 metres out but it fell short. Roosters with it shy of their goal line
14 all
83 min: ZERO FOR THE ROOSTERS! they are attacking inside the Sharks 20 metre line.
84 min: FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT
NO GOAL! Mitchell Pearce took a shot at field goal and it pushed wide of the sticks. the Sharks with it with the half time break in this extra time period coming up
14 all
85 min: HALF TIME IN GOLDEN POINT! Sharks and Roosters still locked at 14-all
85 min: Back UNDERWAY in EXTRA TIME - Roosters kick off with the Sharks to get the first use
86 min: FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT
NO GOAL! Todd Carney took an attempt at FIELD GOAL but it was a wayward kick from 45 metres out.
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 15-14
86 min: FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT
NO GOAL! Daniel Mortimer with an attempt has failed to get near the sticks. The Sharks with it on their 20 metre line.
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 15-14
88 min: FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT
NO GOAL! Mitchell Pearce on the last tackle took a shot at the one point and it's wide of the posts
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 15-14
89 min: FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT
NO GOAL! Another shot from Todd Carney fails to get the one point. Terrible attempt.
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 14-14
90 min: FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT
NO GOAL! Mitchell Pearce took a shot at the one point as the siren sounded but MISSED! FULL TIME at Toyota Stadium: Sharks and Roosters have drawn at 14-all in front of 13,139.
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 14-14

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