Sharks bite in the second half
The Cronulla Sharks have fought back in the second half as they scored 26 unanswered to down the Parramatta Eels 32-14 at Sharks Stadium. Paul Gallen, Wade Graham and Beau Ryan stand outs for the Cronulla side as they muscled up to make up the 14-6 score at half time.
The Parramatta Eels looked to shock the Shire side as Ken Sio posted the first points inside five minutes as the Eels through Ryan Morgan attacked the blind side. Eels 6-0.
The arm wrestle ensued as the next points where scored 20 minutes later as Jeff Robson crossed for his first of two tries. Wade Graham provided the foundation has he broke the Eels defence to sprint 30 metres downfield. The Sharks locked the game up at 6-all after 24 minutes.
Eels youngster, Brayden Wiliame claimed his first NRL try as Cheyse Blair provided the short pass at the line. Just before the half time siren, Chris Sandow opted for an extension in the lead with a penalty goal pushing the score to 14-6 after 40 minutes of play.
Shane Flangan's half time speech to the Sharks worked wonders as the boys from Cronulla muscled up and posted 26 points in the second forty minutes. Paul Gallen lifted his side to march forward and stood up as captain to lead his team to victory. The captain thanks to Todd Carney posted his own four-pointer early in the second half.
Halfback, Jeff Robson dived in for his second try of the evening as Sharks' back-rowers Luke Lewis and Anthony Tupou laid the platform for the half to slide in.
Journeymen, John Morris capitalised on tiring defenders to stroll through the Eels defence as he extend the Sharks lead to 24-14 after 60 minutes.
The Sharks sealed the victory with a brilliant chip and chase from winger Nathan Stapleton who ran a line off a short pass from Paul Gallen to dart down the touchline. The Sharks secured the premiership points with a 32-14 victory over the Parramatta Eels.
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 32 Parramatta Eels 14
Venue: Endeavour Field
Halftime Score: Parramatta Eels 14-6
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Paul Gallen
2 points - Beau Ryan
1 point - Wade Graham
CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (32)
Tries: Jeff Robson (2), Paul Gallen, John Morris, Nathan Stapleton
Field Goals: Todd Carney (0/1)
Conversions: Todd Carney (5/5)
Penalty Goals: Todd Carney (1/1)
PARRAMATTA EELS (14)
Tries: Ken Sio, Brayden Wiliame
Conversions: Chris Sandow (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Chris Sandow (1/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
TEAM NEWS: Michael Gordon has been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Beau Ryan comes in at fullback with Nathan Stapleton taking his wing position. Andrew Fifita shifts to the bench with Sam Tagataese starting.
Meanwhile for the Eels, they are unchanged, 1-17
5. Beau Ryan 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Ben Pomeroy 4. Jonathan Wright 20. Nathan Stapleton 6. Todd Carney 7. Jeff Robson 19. Sam Tagataese 9. John Morris 13. Paul Gallen 11. Luke Lewis 12. Wade Graham 14. Chris Heighington
Interchange 8. Andrew Fifita 15. Jayson Bukuya 16. Isaac De Gois 17. Anthony Tupou
1. Jake Mullaney 2. Ken Sio 3. Ryan Morgan 4. Cheyse Blair 5. Brayden Wiliame 6. Joseph Paulo 7. Chris Sandow 8. Tim Mannah 9. Matt Keating 10. Fuifui Moimoi 11. Reni Maitua 12. Matthew Ryan 13. Peni Terepo
Interchange: 14. Ben Roberts 15. Darcy Lussick 16. Mitchell Allgood 17. Pat O'Hanlon
We are minutes away from kick off here at Sharks Stadium as the teams have completed their pre-match warm-up and just getting the final word from their coaches
1 min: We are UNDERWAY here at Sharks Stadium as the Cronulla side kick off to give the Eels first use of the ball
2 min: Penalty to the Sharks on the last tackle for a second attempt in the tackle from the Eels. Sharks 20m out from the Eels goal line
3 min: VIDEO REFEREE for the Sharks, Sosaia Feki dives in off a long pass from Carney.
3 min: Sosaia Feki gets RED LIGHTS as he stepped on the goal line taking a pass from Todd Carney. It's a scrum feed to the Eels on their 10 metre line
5 min: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Ken Sio. Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.
Ryan Morgan took on the Sharks defence on the blind and darted downfield 30 metres to link to with Ken Sio who sprinted away to score untouched. A simple four-pointer for the Eels to get them first points. Chris Sandow from the touchline added the extras
Parramatta Eels 6-0
7 min: Penalty to the Sharks as the Eels were ruled offside from the kick from Chris Sandow. Sharks with a free march up field to halfway off the free kick
8 min: Another penalty to the Sharks as the referees rule a strip on Paul Gallen. Cronulla attacking 20 metres out
9 min: Wade Graham has been ruled to have knocked on in the play of the ball. A scrum feed packs for the Eels on their own 10 metre line
11 min: Penalty to the Eels as Ken Sio was tackled in the air as he took the kick. Nathan Stapleton the one penalised.
11 min: Secondary penalty to the Eels for a hand in the ruck from the Sharks. They march up to their own 40 metre line
12 min: Knock on against the Eels as they tried to march up field quickly. The Sharks with possession on their 40 metre line.
12 min: Penalty to the Sharks for a strip following the mistake from the Eels. Chance for points here with a full set 10 metres from the Eels goal line
19 min: Feki is penalised for a strip as the Eels looked to score. They attack 10 metres out from the Sharks goal line
20 min: Chris Sandow's kick is deflected by Wade Graham and it's ZERO for the Eels on the goal line
21 min: Jake Mullaney looked to slip away from three Sharks defenders however it's dropped cold. Scrum feed goes to the Sharks 10 metres off their own goal line
22 min: VIDEO REFEREE for the Sharks, we have a TRY for Jeff Robson who took a pass from Wade Graham as he made a line break
23 min: TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Jeff Robson. Conversion attempt by Todd Carney successful.
Jeff Robson ran a great support line as Wade Graham fended and made a line break on the halfway. Graham passed across the Eels chasers to provide Robson the ball to streak away. Todd Carney with the kicking duties tonight in place of Michael Gordon is successful to lock the game up.
26 min: Jake Mullaney rocketed a pass over the touchline but it's touched by a Cronulla Shark before it when over the sideline. Scrum feed packs for the Eels 30 metres from the Sharks goal line
29 min: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Ben Pomeroy makes an unforced error.
Ben Pomeroy attempted to fend away from the Eels defence but drops the ball and the Eels come up with it 30 metres from the Sharks goal line
30 min: Nathan Stapleton flies in to force a goal line drop out as the Eels put in a short kick to the in goal with Lewis rushing off the line. Eels with a chance for points here in this set
33 min: TRY PARRAMATTA EELS
Scored by Brayden Wiliame. Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.
Brayden Wiliame dives in the corner for his first NRL try off an offload from Blair. The Sharks defence not up to the task. Chris Sandow with the conversion from the touchline adds the extras
Parramatta Eels 12-6
36 min: Penalty to the Eels for the Sharks failing to clear the ruck. Penalty count at 4-all, Eels attacking 20 metres from the Sharks goal line
38 min: The Eels lining up a penalty goal with Chris Sandow as the Sharks are ruled to have a stripped the ball out
38 min: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL PARRAMATTA EELS
Penalty goal attempt by Chris Sandow successful.
Chris Sandow slots the Penalty goal from out wide to make it an 8 point lead heading into half time
Parramatta Eels 14-6
40 min: HALF TIME at Sharks Stadium sees the visitors, the Parramatta Eels lead the Cronulla Sharks by 8 points, 14-6
41 min: Second half is UNDERWAY at Sharks Stadium as the Eels lead the Sharks 14-6
41 min: Penalty to the Sharks for the Eels ruled offside, inside the 10 metres. Sharks up to halfway
43 min: TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Paul Gallen. Conversion attempt by Todd Carney successful.
Todd Carney provided a short pass on the last tackle for his captain in Paul Gallen to charge through three Eels defenders to crash over for first second half points. Todd Carney with a simple conversion makes the gap two points.
Parramatta Eels 14-12
45 min: Chris Sandow with a chip and chase on the last tackle, it was collected by Beau Ryan at the back. However, he slipped and then was monstered by Fuifui Moimoi on the halfway line
46 min: Penalty to the Sharks, Beau Ryan has been knocked down off the ball.
47 min: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Penalty goal attempt by Todd Carney successful.
Todd Carney opts for the penalty goal and the Sharks lock the game up at 14-all with the kick from right in front of the posts
50 min: Feki made a line break but offload straight to a waiting Eels defender as he went to ground. Eels with possession on halfway
51 min: Penalty to the Eels on the last tackle for a hand on the ball against Wade Graham
52 min: UNFORCED ERROR PARRAMATTA EELS
Peni Terepo makes an unforced error.
Peni Terepo has been ruled to have lost the ball in the tackle of Paul Gallen. Scrum feed to the Sharks on their own 10 metres line
53 min: Time off here, Fuifui Moimoi has come in with a high shot on Beau Ryan
53 min: Play continues, a penalty is enough with the Sharks rolling up to the Eels 10 metre line
54 min: Todd Carney puts a pin-point grubber kick through the defence and Ryan Morgan forces it dead. Line drop out is called as a result for the Sharks
57 min: TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Jeff Robson. Conversion attempt by Todd Carney successful.
Jeff Robson claims his second four-pointer as Luke Lewis links with Anthony Tupou who managed to throw a flick pass out the back for Robson to dive in. Todd Carney with the conversion makes it a 6 point lead
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20-14
59 min: Chris Sandow's kick on the last tackle from halfway is allowed to bounce over the dead ball line by the Sharks. 20 metre restart is called as a result
60 min: Jeff Robson putting the pressure on the Eels with a great grubber through the line on the last tackle. Eels force the kick dead, line drop out for the Sharks
61 min: Penalty to the Sharks 10metres out, Eels ruled offside in the red zone. The Sharks take the quick tap
63 min: TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by John Morris. Conversion attempt by Todd Carney successful.
John Morris caught the defence napping on the goal line as he dummied his way over the line as he dived in next to the posts. Todd Carney with an easy attempt at goal adds the extras
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 26-14
65 min: Penalty to the Eels against Luke Lewis for not being square at marker. 15 minutes to play, Sharks 26-14
67 min: Feki is called back after a mistake ruled against the Eels. Sharks with the scrum feed 20 metres off their goal line
67 min: Penalty to the Sharks sees them march up 40 metres away from the Eels goal line
68 min: Todd Carney ruled to have been held up in goal. Eels with the change over 10 metres out
74 min: TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Nathan Stapleton. Conversion attempt by Todd Carney successful.
Paul Gallen created an overlap on the blind side which saw Nathan Stapleton chip and chase for himself to five in and claim his own four-point of the night. Todd Carney makes no mistake with the conversion attempt
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 32-14
75 min: UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Field goal attempt by Todd Carney unsuccessful.
Carney snapped a shot at field goal but it's short of the posts from 40 metres out.
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 32-14
77 min: VIDEO REFEREE for the Sharks, we have a TRY for Todd Carney. He slid in, looking at grounding
77 min: Todd Carney is denied once again as Jake Mullaney in covering defence forced the mistake in goal. 20 metre tap as a result
80 min: FULL TIME at Sharks Stadium has seen the Cronulla Sharks have fight back in the second half scoring 26 unanswered to down the Parramatta Eels 32-14 after trailing 14-6 at half time. Paul Gallen, Wade Graham and Beau Ryan stand outs for the Cronulla side.