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The Cronulla Sharks have managed back to back wins with a hard fought victory over a disappointing Canberra side. Canberra went to the break leading 18-12 with first half tries to Schifcofske, Mclinden and Lolesi but a six point lead with a strong wind behind them was never going to be enough.
In the second half, Kimmorley came to life, setting up some easy tries for the Sharks with some well placed kicks behind the defensive line to grab the lead, a lead they would never relinquish as Canberra showed glimpses of what they are capable of but poor finishing ultimately cost them victory. Canberra were never able to capitalise on an early 12-0 lead and let the Sharks draw level before they scored again, just before half time. Canberra's forwards failed to dominate and metres were hard to come by at times as Canberra played a lot of sideways football which halted any momentum they had.
The Sharks made the most of their chances and scored six tries to Canberra's five but again Canberra's lack of options when attacking the opposition line has cost them two points and a chance at a place in the top eight. The loss now sees Canberra level with St George and Melbourne while Cronulla leapfrog Canberra and look to get their season back on track.
Best for the Sharks were Brett Kimmorley, David Peachey and Nick Graham while Canberra's best were Clinton Schifcofske , Simon Woolford and Mark Mclinden. Canberra again have had a season of what ifs and one more what if could see them start looking towards next year as they again start to fall away from finals contention.
Sharks 36 - Raiders 26 Sharks (Tries: Kimmorley x 2, Peachey, Graham, Gallen, Franze. Goals: Kimmorley 6/6) Raiders (Tries: Mclinden, Schifcofske x 2, Lolesi, Graham. Goals: Schifcofske 3/5
League Unlimited Player Points:
3 - Brett Kimmorley (Sharks) 2 - Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders) 1 - Nick Graham (Sharks)