The Sharks have notched up their first win of the season in convincing fashion defeating the Manly Sea Eagles 40-16 at Toyota Park tonight.
The Sharks raced away to an early lead of 12-0 before Manly came back. At half time, the Cronulla side were leading by 12-10
Darren Peachey was a standout for the Sharks and Brett Kimmorley, despite being errant with his goal kicking, was outstanding in directing his players just wide of the ruck.
Winger Matthew Rieck sealed the Sharks' first win of 2003 in the 56th minute when Greg Bird scooped up a ball and threw a long pass, giving Rieck a free run to the line. With 20 minutes to go, the Sharks were in front 22-10.
The Sea Eagles scored a consolation try through winger Scott Donald, but it was too little too late as the Sharks scored eight tries to three to record their first win of the season.
CRONULLA 40 (M Hilder 2 P Bailey D Peachey B Kimmorley M Rieck J Mullane P Gallen tries B Kimmorley 4 goals) defeated MANLY 16 (B Reeves A Cannings S Donald tries B Walker 2 goals) Toyota Park. Ref: P Simpkins. Crowd: 11,673.
League Unlimited Player of the Year points: 3 - D Nutley (Sharks) 2 - D Peachey (Sharks) 1 - B Kimmorley (Sharks)
By the clock: Kickoff!
4 min: TRY - Sharks. Phil Bailey crosses. Conversion Kimmorley unsuccessful. Sharks 4-0
10 min: TRY - Sharks. Brett Kimmorley scores and is taking control of proceedings early on. Conversion unsuccessful. Sharks 8-0
18 min: TRY - Sharks. Peachey scores. Conversion Kimmorley unsuccessful again. Sharks 12-0
26 min: TRY - Sea Eagles. Brendon Reeves scores. Conversion Ben Walker unsuccessful. Sharks 12-4
38 min: TRY - Sea Eagles. Andrew Cannings. Conversion successful. Sharks 12-10
HALF TIME: Manly coming back. Sharks let down by poor conversion rate from Kimmorley. Sharks 12-10
50 min: TRY - Sharks. Jye Mullane. Conversion successful. Sharks 18-10
54 min: TRY - Sharks. Matthew Rieck. Conversion unsuccessful. Sharks 22-10
65 min: TRY - Sharks. Paul Gallen. Conversion successful. Sharks 28-10
69 min: TRY - Sharks. Matt Hilder. Conversion successful. Sharks 34-12
71 min: TRY - Sharks. Hilder gets a double. Conversion successful. Sharks 40-12
73 min: TRY - Sea Eagles. Scott Donald. Conversion successful. Sharks 40-16