Sharks steal miraculous victory, again

The Cronulla Sharks have pulled off possibly the greatest upset in NRL history with an incredible fightback victory over the Sydney Roosters, 30-28 at Allianz Stadium.

The boys from the Shire were given no hope to trouble the tricolours but after a horrid week which including the sacking of Todd Carney and the resignation of their Head Coach, Peter Sharp, they banded together to pull of a miraculous win.

Cronulla trailed 24-6 at half time after the Roosters made light work of the Sharks defensive line. The Roosters posted 18 points in just 16 minutes as Mitchell Aubusson (5th minute), Mitchell Pearce (9th minute) and Shaun Kenny-Dowall (15th minute) crossed in the opening stanza.

The Roosters looked to extend their big lead before half time but video referee denied Mitchell Pearce his second as Anthony Minichiello failed to get a clean catch of the ball.

Mitchell Pearce was involved in the action minutes later as he provided a try assist to his opposition in Wade Graham who sailed over for the easiest try of his career. Cronulla down at the break, trailing 24-6.

Jacob Gagan was a shining light in the Sharks pack and after being denied in the first half, crossed minutes into the second as Fa'amanu Brown provided the cross field kick to send him over untouched. Cronulla with hope building, trailing 24-12.

Sosaia Feki climbed high reaching for the skies as he leapt above Sonny Bill Williams and Shaun Kenny-Dowall to plant the Steeden down. The Sharks hunting the lead, half an hour on the clock they closed the gap to just six points.

The Mitch-combination looked to dash hopes of the Sharks faithful as Pearce provided the link ball to Aubusson who darted under the defensive line. The Roosters back in front by 10 points, 28-18, mid-way through the second half.

It become a fiery affair with Anthony Tupou and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves having words after heated tackle.

Man of the moment, Jacob Gagan with silkily skills dived over in the western corner to start the beginning of the end for the tricolours. Cronulla back within a converted try, Roosters leaders, 28-24 in the final five minutes.

Jeff Robson rose to hero status as his fancy footwork sliced through the Roosters pack despite the efforts of Remi Casty. Cronulla defying all odds and jumped to a two point lead, 30-28, with as many minutes on the clock.

Mitchell Aubusson with all the hope of the Roosters fans on his back darted over in the final minute of play, however upon review the video referee denied the try after being held up. The Cronulla Sharks secured the two Premiership points in incredible circumstances.

Next week the Sydney Roosters will have a chance to recover from their embarrassing loss with a bye round. Meanwhile the Cronulla Sharks, look to make it three straight victories with a home game against the Knights.


Match Details
Sydney Roosters 28 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 30
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Crowd: 10732
Halftime Score: Sydney Roosters 24 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 6

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Jacob Gagan
2 points - Jeff Robson
1 point - Shaun Kenny-Dowall

SYDNEY ROOSTERS (28)
Tries: Mitchell Aubusson (2), Mitchell Pearce, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Brendan Elliott
Field Goals:
Conversions: James Maloney (4/5)
Penalty Goals:

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (30)
Tries: Wade Graham, Jacob Gagan (2), Sosaia Feki, Jeff Robson
Field Goals:
Conversions: Michael Gordon (5/5)
Penalty Goals:


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LATE MAIL - Sydney Roosters: Isaac Liu will start in place of Frank Paul Nuuausala, who drops to the bench. Brendon Elliot starts on the wing with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck ruled out due to a hamstring injury.

LATE MAIL - Cronulla Sharks: Junior Roqica and Sione Masima drop off the bench meaning Pat Politoni keeps his spot on the interchange bench

FULL TIME in Under 20s action at Allianz Stadium sees the Roosters record a comfortable 32-16 victory over the Cronulla Sharks

Welcome to a cold Allianz Stadium as the Sydney Roosters host the Cronulla Sharks who for the first time will be without their coach Peter Sharp. The Sharks are coming off an upset victory against the Broncos while the Roosters look to continue their form heading to the finals as they remain mostly unaffected by Origin.

Here come the Cronulla Sharks onto Allianz Stadium, wearing a new major sponsor on their jersey tonight with LabourHealth signing on for the rest of the year and 2015.

1: We are UNDERWAY at Allianz Stadium as the Cronulla Sharks kick off.

1: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Sosaia Feki makes an unforced error.

Sosaia Feki comes up with a fumble first up as he fails to talk to his fullback in Michael Gordon. The Roosters with a prime opportunity with a scrum feed just 10 metres out

1: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Shaun Kenny-Dowall makes an unforced error.

Shaun Kenny-Dowall has been pinged for the mistake after a review from the video referee on the run. Original decision has been overturned and the Sharks have the scrum feed 10 metres off their own try line.

3: Jacob Gagan makes a clean catch of the bomb kick from the boot of Mitchell Pearce. Cronulla come away with possession deep in their own half

4: Anthony MInichiello from the kick return gains 30 metres and the Roosters begin their set on half way

4: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Mitchell Aubusson. Kick to come.

Mitchell Aubusson finishes off some broken play as the Roosters swipe through the defence easily as they bust up field in two tackles.

6: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.

James Maloney is successful with his first conversion attempt to give the Roosters an early 6 point lead.

8: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Mitchell Pearce. Kick to come.

Mitchell Pearce finishes another broken play set as they crack through the defence with a surging run from Jake Friend, he links with Pearce and the defence fails to cover.

9: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.

James Maloney with the conversion attempt from right in front of the uprights makes it a 12 point lead

11: Jacob Gagan forces Nene Macdonald over the sideline with a solid one-on-one tackle and a scrum packs for Cronulla 30 metres out from their own try line.

12: Anthony Minichiello had to force the ball dead as the Sharks chipped through the line as Wright placed it for Feki. Line drop out for the Sharks.

14: Shocking kick from the Sharks on 4th tackle, it failed to bounce nicely as it was collected easily by Minichiello. Roosters with possession 10 metres off their try line.

15: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Shaun Kenny-Dowall. Kick to come.

Shaun Kenny-Dowall sails away as the defence fails to cover up a brilliant line break from Nene Macdonald. He linked with SKD and the Roosters make it 16 points.

16: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.

James Maloney keeps the Roosters ahead of the clock as he makes it 18 points after 16 minutes.

18: The Roosters continue to make easy metres through the Sharks pack, making over 70 metres in each set.

19: Jacob Gagan takes the catch in goal and the Sharks come up with a 20 metre tap

20: First penalty of the game awarded to the Sharks, held in the ruck too long. Robson kicks for touch and the Sharks begin their set 20 metres out from the Roosters line.

21: VIDEO REFEREE for the Sharks, Jacob Gagan is claiming as he took a flick pass in the eastern corner. Looking at obstruction and grounding.

21: NO TRY for Jacob Gagan, the call, is back for obstruction as Fa'amanu Brown ran behind Anthony Tupou as he passed across to Wright. Penalty for the Roosters 20 metres off their own try line.

22: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Brendan Elliott makes an unforced error.

Ricky Leutele has come up with a brilliant one-on-one tackle on Brendan Elliott and the ball pops out. Scrum for Cronulla 20 metres off their own try line.

23: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Dylan Napa makes an unforced error.

Dylan Napa unable to take possession of the short kick at the try line as he had to bend down and take the ball. Scrum for the Sharks 10 metres out.

25: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Nene Macdonald makes an unforced error.

Nene Macdonald reach up for the floating pass from Michael Gordon and the Sharks have another scrum just 10 metres out from the Roosters try line.

26: Anthony Minichiello with an easy catch of a poor last tackle kick from Jeff Robson, Roosters with possession 10 metres off their try line.

27: Penalty to the Roosters against Wade Graham, interference in the ruck. Roosters attack inside the Sharks half

29: James Maloney fails with a last tackle and the Roosters bomb a certain try.

29: Penalty to the Roosters after a long charging run from Sam Tagataese, two-on-one strip is the call as he lost the ball and attempted to rack it from Mitchell Pearce. Roosters attack on half way

31: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Brendan Elliott. Kick to come.

Brendan Elliott takes a nice tip on from Minichiello who originally took a pass from SBW and the Roosters finish a great try

32: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.

James Maloney with the conversion attempt from wide out on the western side of Allianz Stadium slots the extras and it's now a 24 point lead.

33: VIDEO REFEREE for the Roosters, Minichiello may have knocked on but Mitchell Pearce has cleaned up and claiming points.

33: NO TRY is the ruling for Mitchell Pearce, knock on is the call against Anthony Minichiello. Change over for the Sharks deep in their own half.

35: Ricky Leutele is able to get the short pass away to Feki but it's been called forward. Roosters with possession 30 metres off their own try line.

36: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Sonny Bill Williams makes an unforced error.

Sonny Bill Williams attempting to get a pass away close to the try line as coughed up possession. Sharks with possession now.

37: VIDEO REFEREE to the Sharks, Wade Graham takes an intercept pass from James Maloney as he looked to flick the ball back in field.

37: TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Wade Graham. Kick to come.

Wade Graham finishes off a messy play as he took a pass inside from Mitchell Pearce after Feki jumped and knocked the ball back in field. Sharks claim a lucky four-pointer

38: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Conversion attempt by Michael Gordon successful.

Michael Gordon from wide out on the western side of Allianz splits the uprights and it's a good kick

39: Wade Graham aimed for a 40/20 kick but SKD is there to stop the kick for sideline.

40: HALF TIME at Allianz Stadium sees the Sydney Roosters take an 18 point lead into the sheds as they control the woeful Sharks who were lucky to score before the break.

41: Second half is underway as James Maloney kicks off.

42: Jacob Gagan with a good chance under pressure and the Sharks have possession deep in their own half.

43: TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Jacob Gagan. Kick to come.

Jacob Gagan takes a great cross field kick unmarked on the western side and crashes over. Brown provided the ball off the boot as he caught the Roosters sliding defence short.

44: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Conversion attempt by Michael Gordon successful.

Michael Gordon with a beautiful strike from out wide on the sideline nails the goal

45: Penalty to the Sharks, held too long in the ruck for the referees liking. Sharks attack just shy of the half way line.

46: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Kane Evans makes an unforced error.

Kane Evan hoping to dive on a loose pass from the Sharks as Tupou Sopoaga threw the offload around the back. Scrum for the Sharks on half way

47: Jeff Robson's kick was too long, Feki racing through but it's got too much on it. 20 metre tap for the Roosters

49: Mitchell Aubusson gets caught with the ball on last tackle just short of the try line, change over for Sharks

49: Penalty to the Sharks as the Roosters right side attack was caught offside. Count is 3-all.

50: VIDEO REFEREE for the Sharks, Tim Robinson...

50: NO TRY is the call as he was held up over the line by a brilliant solo effort from Dylan Napa

51: TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Sosaia Feki. Kick to come.

Sosaia Feki climbs up high above SKD and SBW to take the ball out of the air off the boot off Jeff Robson and the Sharks are hunting!

52: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Conversion attempt by Michael Gordon successful.

Michael Gordon from the eastern touchline... strikes it well... nails it! Gap is now just 6 points!

54: Fa'amanu Brown with a shocking last tackle kick and Dylan Napa manages to deflect the kick as the Roosters come up with possession on half way

55: OH NO! Brendan Elliott was in for all money and just had to put it down… he reached out and thought otherwise. However a penalty is given as the Sharks dragged him over the sideline after the held call.

57: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Mitchell Aubusson. Kick to come.

From Mitchell to Mitchell. Aubusson takes the short pass from Pearce and he darts under the defence to make it a 10 point lead.

58: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Conversion attempt by James Maloney unsuccessful.

James Maloney unable to slot the conversion attempt, hooks it across the right of goal

60: Sosaia Feki going straight over the sideline as he attempted to dance away from the defence after taking a short pass from Graham. Change over for the Roosters as it was the last tackle.

61: Jacob Gagan unable to get out of in goal, Aubusson bolts up on him and traps him in goal. Line drop out for the Roosters.

62: Roosters looking to create a play as SBW threw a long pass to no one and Brendan Elliott was forced to take it over the sideline as the Sharks chasers jumped on him.

64: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Shaun Kenny-Dowall makes an unforced error.

Shaun Kenny-Dowall unable to onto possession, Sharks with possession deep in the Roosters red zone.

64: Michael Lichaa is penalised for obstruction as Anthony Tupou ran into the defensive line. Roosters with possession inside the Sharks half

65: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
James Maloney makes an unforced error.

James Maloney reached out down in the attempt to take a late offload from Sam Moa but it's dropped. Scrum for Cronulla 30 metres off their own line.

67: Nene Macdonald comes up with a great catch as Vave was flying through to clean him up. Roosters with possession deep in their own half.

67: Time off here as Anthony Tupou and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves having words in the ruck after a facial from Tupou.

67: Penalty is awarded to the Roosters for the actions from Tupou for working over the ruck. Roosters kick ahead and attack on half way

68: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
James Maloney makes an unforced error.

James Maloney unable to hold onto a short pass from SBW as he surged into a gap hoping to take the offload. Sharks with the zero tackle 20 metres off their own try line.

69: Penalty to the Roosters, Michael Lichaa caught inside the 10 metre zone from the Robson kick. Roosters kick ahead and attack on half way

70: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Frank Paul Nuuausala makes an unforced error.

Frank Paul Nuuausala gets hands to a floating pass from SBW and it's the 13th error for the Roosters, very scrappy performance so far.

72: Knock on from SKD and the Sharks clean up to attack just 5 metres out. It's followed up by a penalty for offside. Cronulla back to the 10 metre line to start a full set.

73: VIDEO REFEREE for the Sharks, Jacob Gagan may have a try as he dived out and reached out for the corner.

73: TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Jacob Gagan. Kick to come.

Jacob Gagan supermans to the corner as the Sharks spread wide to the left side, Brown throws the pass to set up Gagan. It's a brilliant four-pointer from the wing as he bags his second try

74: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Conversion attempt by Michael Gordon successful.

Michael Gordon from right on the western sideline, 20 metres out from the try line... strikes it well and kicks it! Cronulla within just 4 points now.

75: Penalty to the Sharks in the first hit up from the kick off, held too long in the ruck and the Roosters concede cheap metres. Sharks attack from half way

76: Line drop out for the Sharks, little kick traps the Roosters in goal. Sharks can steal victory here.

77: VIDEO REFEREE for the Sharks, Jeff Robson with some fancy footwork may have scored.

78: TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Jeff Robson. Kick to come.

Jeff Robson gets the GREEN LIGHTS from the Video referee as he managed to fight out of the tackle of Remi Casty and plants it down

79: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Conversion attempt by Michael Gordon successful.

Michael Gordon gives the Sharks the lead with the conversion from beside the uprights.

79: Short kick off from the Roosters and they have possession 40 metres out

79: VIDEO REFEREE for the Roosters. We have NO TRY for Aubusson as he appears to be held up

80: NO TRY and the Cronulla Sharks have held up Mitchell Aubusson to win the game by just 2 points. It's the upset of the season with the Roosters expected to blow the Sharks away. Incredible heart from the Sharks.

80: FULL TIME: Cronulla Sharks 30 def. Sydney Roosters 28

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