Sharks edge out Knights in Golden Point

The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks have run out winners against the Newcastle Knights today, triumphing 21-20 in extra time at Hunter Stadium in front of 16,983 fans.

In the first game to go to golden point this season, the Sharks managed to kick the winner through Jeff Robson in the 84th minute. Both sides took multiple attempts at field goals through numerous players in what turned out to be a back and forth thriller of a game.

The games first points came early in the 3rd minute when Dane Gagai crashed through defenders and stretched his arm out to put the goal down in the in goal area. Gidley converted to give the Knights the early lead. Gidley was able to take the lead to 8 after receiving a penalty right in front of the posts and opting to take the two points on offer.

The Sharks were next to score, hitting back with back to back tries only 5 minutes apart. The first came off a Todd Carney pass to an inside running Jonathan Wright. He ran through the defensive line almost untouched to get the Sharks onto the scoreboard. Michael Gordon missed the conversion.

Jonathan Wright was in for his second of the day after only 27 minutes of the game after Robson put a short kick into the goal area for Wright to jump on it and ground the ball. Video replays showed a possible finger by Wade Graham touching the ball however the video referees saw otherwise. Gordon missed the second conversion of the afternoon.

The next try came off a great run by James McManus, and just before half time. McManus ran for the corner but was taken down by several defenders. This left the Sharks short for defense on the right hand side of the field and David Fa'alogo steamed onto a short ball to score for Newcastle. Gidley kicked the goal and the Knights had retaken the lead.

Beau Ryan was next to score in the 45h minute of the game. Fifita ran across field and found Gordon who took a few steps before throwing a cut out pass to Beau Ryan who had no one in front of him. Gordon kicked the conversion levelling the scores.

In the 61st minute a great run by Gordon set up Carney to be able to throw a dummy close to the line and crash over to give the Sharks the lead. Gordon kicked the goal to move a converted try in front.

The last try of the game came in the 70th minute after Tahu made a break down the left hand side of the field. He offloaded to McKinnon who was able to get the ball back on the inside to Roberts who scored the try. Gidley converted and the scores were again level, at 20 – 20.

Both teams traded several field goal attempts, with Gidley and Carney taking all of them until the full time siren was sounded. Once extra time was under way, Tyrone Roberts and Wade Graham also had attempts. The winning kick came from Jeff Robson, and the Sharks can now claim the first golden point victory for the 2013 season.

The Sharks will play the Tigers next week in Friday Night Football while the Knights will travel to Canberra to take on the Raiders on Sunday.

Match Details
Newcastle Knights 20 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 21
Venue: Newcastle International Sports Centre
Crowd: 16,983
Halftime Score: Newcastle Knights 14-8

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Luke Lewis
2 points - Andrew Fifita
1 point - Jonathan Wright

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (20)
Tries: Dane Gagai, David Fa'alogo, Tyrone Roberts
Field Goals: Kurt Gidley (0/2), Tyrone Roberts (0/1)
Conversions: Kurt Gidley (3/3)
Penalty Goals: Kurt Gidley (1/1)

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (21)
Tries: Jonathan Wright (2), Beau Ryan, Todd Carney
Field Goals: Todd Carney (0/4), Wade Graham (0/1), Jeff Robson (1/1)
Conversions: Michael Gordon (2/4)

LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

Knights: 1. Darius Boyd 2. James Mcmanus 3. Dane Gagai 4. Timana Tahu 5. Akuila Uate 6. Jarrod Mullen 9. Kurt Gidley 8. Kade Snowden 14. Travis Waddell 10. Willie Mason 11. Robbie Rochow 12. Alex Mckinnon 13. Chris Houston
Interchange: 7. Tyrone Roberts 16. Adam Cuthbertson 17. David Fa’Alogo 18. Korbin Sims

Sharks: 1. Michael Gordon 21. Sosaia Feki 3. Ben Pomeroy 4. Jonathan Wright 5. Beau Ryan 6. Todd Carney 7. Jeff Robson 18. Sam Tagataese 9. John Morris 10. Ben Ross 11. Luke Lewis 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen
Interchange: 8. Andrew Fifita 14. Chris Heighington 16. Issac De Gois 17. Anthony Tupou
The Knights late mail is in! One change to be made from the team announced earlier in the week with Korbin Sims coming onto the bench for Neville Costigan.

Waddell will start with Roberts going to the bench.
The Sharks have finalised their lineup with Feki in for Stapleton on the wing while Tagataese comes in for Bukuya.
It's a nice sunny day at Newcastle as the teams run out onto the field. Cronulla to kick off and give the Knights first use of the ball.
1 min: We're underway! Flawless set by Newcastle there to start the game with a kick from Mullen down to Feki.
2 min: Gallen getting up but looking in a bit of pain after the tackle. Looks to be limping but will be OK for now.
2 min: PENALTY - Tagataese penalised for holding down the player.
3 min: Knights in for an early try!
3 min: Gallen has come off the field with an injury, looks to be an issue with his leg.
3 min: TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Scored by Dane Gagai. Conversion attempt by Kurt Gidley successful.
Gagai gets the ball and charges through defenders to stretch out and put the ball down for a try. Gidley with a great kick to swing the back between the posts for the conversion.
Newcastle Knights 6-0
5 min: Both teams completing sets pushing for field position.
7 min: Mullen kicks on the 4th tackle there for his winger but it's cleaned up by the Sharks and they're back into the attack.
8 min: PENALTY - Tahu and McKinnon penalised for being offside. Sharks kick for touch and they'll start the set on the 30m line.
8 min: PENALTY - Obstruction called on Sharks attackers close to the Knights line.
9 min: PENALTY - Houston called out and the Sharks will get out of danger again with another relieving penalty.
12 min: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Chris Heighington makes an unforced error.
Heighington slips close to the defensive line and knocks it on. Gallen is out for the rest of the game.
13 min: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Michael Gordon makes an unforced error.
Goal line drop out for the Sharks here after a bomb drops through Gordons hands and out over the dead ball line.
15 min: PENALTY - Mason charging through the defense but can't get it down over the line. Lewis knocks the ball out of the hands of the dummy half and the Knights will get a penalty because he's offside.
16 min: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Penalty goal attempt by Kurt Gidley successful.
Gidley easily kicks this one from in front.
Newcastle Knights 8-0
16 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Kade Snowden makes an unforced error.
Mason makes a break and gets a cheeky offload out around the tackler to Snowden. He wasn't expecting it and it rolls off his arms for a knock on.
18 min: PENALTY - Sharks penalised for offside.
19 min: Knights making easy metres here with Boyd through one defender before being pulled down short of the line.
19 min: Gordon cleans up the ball for the Sharks and stops the attacking raid by the Knights. Newcastle are well on top in these first 20 minutes.
20 min: PENALTY - Fa'alogo called out for a 2 man strip. Sharks inside the Knights 20m here.
20 min: Try time for Cronulla!
22 min: TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Jonathan Wright. Conversion attempt by Michael Gordon unsuccessful.
A nice pass from Carney meets Wright running a line back inside and he's put it down over the line to get the Sharks on the score sheet. Gordon sprays it wide of the posts.
Newcastle Knights 8-4
25 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Robbie Rochow makes an unforced error.
Rochow has lost the ball in a good tackle by the Sharks defenders Scrum to Cronulla on the 50m line.
26 min: VIDEO REF - The short kick put into the in goal is put down by Wright for a possible second try! They want to check it hasn't hit Grahams hand on the way through. It looks like it has.
27 min: TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Jonathan Wright. Conversion attempt by Michael Gordon unsuccessful.
Wright in with his second for the afternoon! The short kick into the in goal is cleaned up by Wright for another Sharks try! The video referee has said there was no conclusive evidence that it came off Grahams hands before going forward for Wright to dive on it. Gordon misses in an almost identical attempt to the first.
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27 min: PENALTY - Cuthbertson called out for playing around in the tackle.
29 min: Robson kicks into the in goal and Uate cleans it up but is pulled down before he can get back into the field of play. Sharks to get the ball back through a goal line dropout.
31 min: Knocked on by Cronulla off the bomb and Uate grabs the ball and gets back into the field of play.
31 min: Lewis with a dodgy looking grubber straight to Boyd. After dominating early the Knights are looking shaky now.
34 min: Mullen stabs the ball through the defensive line and it's gone out over the sideline to give the players a quick rest. Scrum to Cronulla.
35 min: PENALTY - Hands on the ball from Lewis there and the Knights will start the next set on the 50m line.
35 min: Mullen to Rochow who is through a hole but is pulled down by Sharks defenders.
36 min: PENALTY - Sharks players called out for being offside and the Knights will take the tap from 10 metres out.
36 min: Fa'alogo in for a Knights try!
37 min: TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Scored by David Fa'alogo. Conversion attempt by Kurt Gidley successful.
McManus almost over the line in the corner. The ball come back out to the right and hits a running Fa'alogo who is through the line and in for a try! Gidley kicks the goal and they regain the lead before half time.
Newcastle Knights 14-8
39 min: Chip by Mullen over the top for Uate but the ball bounces back over his head and into Wrights arms.
40 min: Cronulla playing hot potato as the siren sounds and the ball is lost to Gagai who is wrapped up in a tackle to end the play. Stay tuned for the second half coming up shortly!
40 min: Gidley kicks off and Cronulla will get us underway with the first set of the second half.
42 min: PENALTY - Fa'alogo called offside from the kick and the Sharks will get the ball back.
43 min: PENALTY - Mason pinged for having a hand on the ball in the tackle. Sharks on the attack close to the line.
44 min: Ryan is in for a try!
45 min: TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Beau Ryan. Conversion attempt by Michael Gordon successful.
Fifita runs across the line and passes to Gordon who throws a nice cut out pass to Ryan with no in front of him. He comes back towards the posts to get Gordon an easier kick. Gordon kicks it and we're all locked up on the scoreboard.
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45 min: PENALTY - Newcastle called out for the markers not being square.
47 min: PENALTY - Graham takes the ball forward and knocks Gagai back. Newcastle pinged for a strip in a 3 man tackle.
49 min: PENALTY - Beau Ryan penalised for a high tackle. Wasn't much in it on the replay. Newcastle will make some easy ground here, and it was needed.
50 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Timana Tahu makes an unforced error.
Tahu tries to tap the ball onto his winger but it's gone forward off the hands and into the grass.
53 min: Sharks ball chasers make a good effort on Uate there after a Carney bomb. BAck and forth stuff here between the two teams.
54 min: Knights kick and it's come off a Sharks player back into Roberts to reset the tackle count.
55 min: Mullen with a nice chip into the in goal almost resulted in a try to Rochow but the Sharks have gotten to it first and they'll get a goal line drop out. Knights on the attack again.
55 min: 6 more to the Knights after the bomb is put forward from the Sharks.
57 min: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Wade Graham makes an unforced error.
Graham has knocked the ball from Roberts' hands and it's been called a knock on. Knights to get the scrum feed.
57 min: Tahu almost through from the scrum!
57 min: PENALTY - De Gois mucking around in the tackle. Knights tackle count restarts.
58 min: The Knights run it on the last and Gidley passes to Roberts who throws a lovely pass to Beau Ryan. Sharks making great metres from a Lewis offload to Gordon.
58 min: Carney crashing over the line!
61 min: TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Todd Carney. Conversion attempt by Michael Gordon successful.
Carney gets the ball from a pass out of dummy half and he throws a convincing dummy pass to the outside winger catching the defense off guard. He's over for a try and Gordon puts the icing on the cake with another difficult kick.
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20-14
62 min: Mullen puts up a big bomb that's taken comfortably by Ryan.
62 min: Mullen limping after that kick.
63 min: Robons with a big kick to end the set and it's gone out over the dead ball line.
65 min: Boyd gets the ball on the last and he's got an age to kick the ball. He chips over for McManus but the ball has gone too far and it's out for a Sharks scrum feed.
67 min: Mullen out with knee trouble and he won't be back on the field today.
68 min: Tahu starts the break and Roberts finishes it with a try!
70 min: TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Scored by Tyrone Roberts. Conversion attempt by Kurt Gidley successful.
Tahu makes a break from a tackle and gets the offload to McKinnon who is able to pass back to Roberts on the inside who is in for a try! Gidley kicks the conversion from in front.
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72 min: McManus through the middle with a break and Lewis has run into a referee!
74 min: UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Field goal attempt by Kurt Gidley unsuccessful.
Gidley with a rushed effort at clinching the game and it's gone wide of the posts.
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75 min: UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Field goal attempt by Todd Carney unsuccessful.
Carney with an attempt now but it's come off Masons legs and the Knights are taking it up towards the Sharks goal posts.
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75 min: Gidley on the last gets the ball and is cleaned up by Lewis in a great tackle. Lewis down after a head clash in the tackle.
75 min: Time off has been called as they call the team doctor out to check on Lewis' neck.
75 min: Time is back on as Lewis gets up and looks to be OK, if not a little sore. Changeover to the Sharks.
76 min: UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Field goal attempt by Todd Carney unsuccessful.
Carney with another attempt that had the angle but not the distance. Boyd gets it back to the 40m line and the Knights back on the attack.
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77 min: UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Field goal attempt by Kurt Gidley unsuccessful.
Gidley kicks for the posts but it's sprayed off to the right. Gidley argued that it went off a Sharks player but the Sharks will get the ball on their own 20m line.
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77 min: UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Field goal attempt by Todd Carney unsuccessful.
The Sharks have made it to within 15m of the Knights try line and Carney goes for another attempt but it's off to the right of the posts.
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78 min: The Knights have lost the ball and the Sharks have a full set in the Knights own half.
79 min: UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Field goal attempt by Todd Carney unsuccessful.
Carney has gone for another one! This too has gone to the right of the posts.
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80 min: That's the full time siren and we're into Golden Point for the first time this year!
80 min: The Knights will kick off here and the Sharks will get the first set in extra time.
81 min: UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Field goal attempt by Wade Graham unsuccessful.
Graham takes the attempt this time and its skewed off to the right but no where near the posts. Newcastle bring it back.
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82 min: UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Field goal attempt by Tyrone Roberts unsuccessful.
Roberts has a crack at the goal however a defenders legs got in the way and it went nowhere.
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83 min: The Sharks making good metres up the middle and Wright has put a grubber in to the in goal. Boyd picked it up but was trapped in goal for a goal line drop out. The drop has gone 45 metres and the Sharks are in prime position here.
84 min: SUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Field goal attempt by Jeff Robson successful.
Robson has kicked it! After attempts from almost everyone on the field the Knights players were expecting it to go to Carney. Robson received and slotted it straight through for the win.
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 21-20
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