Sharks crush Eagles in second half

The Cronulla Sharks have turned around an 18-nil half time deficit to crush the Northern Eagles 46-24 today.

It was all the Eagles in the first half and the Sharks were staring at yet another defeat at Brookvale Oval, having only won three matches there previously since their inception in 1967.

But the visitors scored eight tries to one in the second stanza completely demoralising the Eagles and stunning the bumper Brookvale crowd.

The Eagles scored three unanswered tries in the first half with some tremendous backing up and capped it off when Anthony Watmough scored his first try in the top grade after picking up an ill-directed Brett Kimmorley kick and running 95 metres. At half time, they looked to have the match well in control.

But in an incredible turn-around, the Sharks ran in 46 points as the Eagles struggled to maintain possession, completing only five sets and turning the ball over six times in the second half.

The highlight of the match was in the 63rd minute when Sharks scored after the ball passed through 12 sets of hands. Bosnich took the final pass to extend the Sharks lead to 34-18 and the Eagles were dead on their feet.

The win sees the Sharks remain in the top eight on 22 points while the Eagles on 18 points have slipped to ninth position just one point out of the eight.

Kickoff: 3:00PM, Sun 21 July 2002 Brookvale Oval Referee: W Harrigan

Northern Eagles 24 (Tries: King, Creary, Watmough, Miles. Goals: Williamson 4/5) defeated by Cronulla Sharks 46 (Tries: Peachey 2, Rieck 2, Nutley, Graham, Bosnich, Beattie. Goals: Kimmorley 7/8)