Sharks steal victory in Wollongong
The Cronulla Sharks have stolen victory over the Dragons with a 80th minute try to Andrew Fifita to win 22-18 at WIN Stadium in Wollongong.
The Sharks managed to steal the win despite having just 50% completion rate in the match.
Jason Nightingale starred in the first half as his skillful hands led to two Dragons tries. Nightingale raced 80 metres downfield through broken play to set up the Dragons' first try. Nightingale on the next play dived under the posts. Dragons out to a 6-0 lead after just 5 minutes.
Nightingale in the action just 3 minutes later as his cut out pass put Brett Morris over in the corner. Stanley on fire with his conversion attempts, Dragons 12-0 after 8 minutes.
The Cronulla Sharks failed to bring any polish to Wollongong as their errors cost them possession and chances. However, the Sharks did manage to cross the line just once in the first half with Ben Pomeroy. Dragons ahead 12-6 after 16 minutes.
The Dragons were on song tonight as Brett Morris posted his second try of the contest thanks to a header from Charly Runciman. After review from the video referee, the try was awarded and the Dragons out to 18-6.
Cronulla unable to get into the match as they trailed 18-6 at half time.
The second half started poorly for the Sharks as a forward pass was ruled from the kick off as Carney passed to Andrew Fifita.
Luck did turn for the Sharks as Jeff Robson fooled the sliding Dragons defence with a show and go to. He offload to Isaac De Gois who strolled over for the Sharks. Todd Carney closed the gap to just 6 points, Dragons 18-12 with 23 minutes on the clock.
Amazing the Sharks turned their form around scoring another two tries to steal the win inside the final 6 minutes. Beau Ryan cleaned up a mistake from Jason Nightingale to score. Luke Lewis was originally offside from the kick but wasn't ruled on. Carney under pressure unable to convert as the Sharks trailed 18-16.
In an incredulous turn of luck for the Sharks, Andrew Fifita raced through the line off a kick from Jeff Robson to beat Jason Nightingale to ground the ball. To the delight of Sharks fans in Wollongong, the try awarded and the game over, Sharks winning 22-18.
St. George Illawarra Dragons 18 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 22
Venue: WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Halftime Score: St. George Illawarra Dragons 18-6
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Andrew Fifita
2 points - Jason Nightingale
1 point - Mitch Rein
ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS (18)
Tries: Jason Nightingale, Brett Morris (2)
Field Goals: Nathan Fien (0/1)
Conversions: Chase Stanley (3/3)
CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (22)
Tries: Ben Pomeroy, Isaac De Gois, Beau Ryan, Andrew Fifita
Conversions: Todd Carney (3/4)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
We are UNDERWAY at WIN Stadium in Wollongong as Todd Carney
gets us underway with the kick off. A strong wind at the backs of the Dragons in the first half
First penalty of the night, kick for line sees the Sharks attack from the halfway line
2 min: Todd Carney
with a pin-point kick to the in goal, Nathan Fien
forces the ball over the dead ball line. Dragons concede a line drop out as a result
6 min: Todd Carney
with a shocking kick restart, goes out on the full. Penalty for the Dragons on halfway
10 min: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS Sosaia Feki
makes an unforced error.
Feki comes up with a mistake off the bomb from the Dragons. Scrum for Dragons, 10m out
11 min: Beau Ryan
is forced to play at the ball in goal after a great kick from Mitch Rein
out of dummy half. Line drop out for the Dragons
Penalty to the Dragons for a slow release from the Sharks. Ben Creagh
charges from the quick tap to start the Dragons 10 metres out
Penalty to the Sharks now as the Dragons ran an obstruction looking for their third try of the night.
13 min: Todd Carney
with a great kick, aimed and hit the posts. Jason Nightingale
trapped in goal as he cleaned up the grubber kick, line drop out for the Sharks
17 min: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS Paul Gallen
makes an unforced error.Paul Gallen
with a simple error drops the ball off a floating pass from Todd Carney
. Scrum for the Dragons on halfway
Penalty to the Dragons against Todd Carney
. Dragons attack 20 metres out from the free kick
21 min: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS Nathan Fien
makes an unforced error.Nathan Fien
grabbed at the ball as the kick was batted back in field from the Sharks. Cronulla will be on the attack 10 metres out through a scrum feed.
VIDEO REFEREE for the Sharks, Paul Gallen
with a charging run but we have NO TRY. Obstruction the call here.
NO TRY is awarded to the Sharks as Ben Creagh
wasn't given an opportunity to make a tackle as the decoy runner blocked him. Paul Gallen
is denied the Sharks second try
Knock on against Feki. Another line drop out for the Dragons
VIDEO REFEREE for the Dragons, Brett Morris
has scored. We have a TRY. Looking at knock on
29 min: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS Anthony Tupou
makes an unforced error.Anthony Tupou
juggled and dropped the ball as he charged into the Dragons defence. The RedV back on the attack 10 metres out
30 min: Charly Runciman
is forced over the sideline as #RedV spread to the right. Scrum feed packs for the Sharks 10 metres off their own line
33 min: Andrew Fifita
too slow in the ruck. Penalty to the Dragons, they find the line and attack 35 metres out
34 min: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS Michael Weyman
makes an unforced error.
Knock on against Michael Weyman
. Time off, looking at the tackle here with the video review
34 min: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS Andrew Fifita
makes an unforced error.Andrew Fifita
tried to play the ball before the tackle was completed. Scrum to the Dragons 40 metres from the Sharks try line
Great charging set from the Sharks, earned a penalty on the last tackle for a late release. Sharks 20 metres from the Dragons try line
The Sharks push in the scrum and win against the feed. Cronulla attack 10 metres out
Penalty to the Sharks as Mitch Rein
was too long in the tackle. Sharks 2 metres out
Another penalty to the Sharks, Dragons too slow in the ruck. Sin bin has to be used soon. On the first charge, Andrew Fifita
is held up in goal. Back to the 10 metre line for the Sharks
The official warning coming from Ben Cummins
as the Dragons conceded four straight penalties. No sin binned used yet.
HALF TIME at WIN Stadium in Wollongong sees an upset on the cards as the Dragons lead the Sharks 18-6
Second half is UNDERWAY as the Dragons kick off and lead the Sharks 18-6
Forward pass ruled from Todd Carney
to Andrew Fifita
from the first play off the kick off. Horrible start to the second half for the Sharks. Scrum for the Dragons 10 metres out
43 min: Jason Nightingale
is down. VIDEO REFEREE for the Sharks, we have NO TRY for Sharks
NO TRY for Anthony Tupou
who is beaten to the ball by Jason Nightingale
who was cleaned up by Feki. Line drop out is the call as Nightingale managed to ground the ball in goal
44 min: Sosaia Feki
is denied the Sharks 2nd try. Forward pass ruled as Todd Carney
threw a floating pass right. Scrum feed to the Dragons on their 10 metre line
49 min: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS Chase Stanley
makes an unforced error.Chase Stanley
coming up with a mistake off the jump for the ball. Luckily call for the Sharks as they will get a scrum feed 10 metres off their own line
50 min: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS Luke Lewis
makes an unforced error.Luke Lewis
juggled the ball as he charged into the Dragons defence. The Sharks can't get on a roll here tonight. Zero tackle called for the Dragons as they attack 35 metres out
51 min: Daniel Vidot
jumped for the ball in the corner, but unable to hold the ball. 20 metre tap called for the Sharks
52 min: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS Michael Gordon
makes an unforced error.Michael Gordon
jumped for the kick and just got a hand to the ball and knocked on. Scrum for the Dragons 10 metres off their own line
Jon Wright with an offload on the last tackle as seen Feki knock the ball over the sideline. Change over for the Dragons
55 min: UNFORCED ERROR ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS Mitch Rein
makes an unforced error.Mitch Rein
getting monsters by Paul Gallen
in the ruck and the ball came free. Scrum feed for the Sharks 30 metres from the Dragons line
59 min: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS Sosaia Feki
makes an unforced error.Sosaia Feki
unable to take the catch from kick and comes up with the error. Change over 10 metres out from their own line
Penalty to the Dragons for late contact on Nathan Fien
from Sam Tagataese
. Dragons kick for line and attack 20 metres out
ZERO TACKLE for the Dragons, attacking 10 metres out from the Sharks line.
64' Beau Ryan
with a great catch under pressure. He earns a 20m restart as a result
65 min: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS Paul Gallen
makes an unforced error.Paul Gallen
just getting a touch on the pass, knocked down and it's a zero tackle for the Dragons
67 min: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS Isaac De Gois
makes an unforced error.Isaac De Gois
has come up with another mistake as he looked to offload in the ruck. Another error sees the Dragons come up with possession through a scrum feed 40 metres out
VIDEO REFEREE for the Sharks! Luke Lewis
has crossed. Looking at double movement
Penalty to the Dragons, Luke Lewis
is penalised for a double movement as he promoted the ball with a second attempt
Time off here with Luke Lewis
down in play. Getting a look from the trainers, and should remain on the field
VIDEO REFEREE for the Dragons. Brett Morris
is claiming, but NO TRY is called
70 min: Brett Morris
is denied as a knock on was ruled in the lead up to the possible try. Change over for the Sharks on their own 10 metre line
71 min: UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS Andrew Fifita
makes an unforced error.
Another dropped ball from the Sharks, Fifita with a poor play of the ball. Scrum for the Dragons 30 metres off their own line
VIDEO REFEREE for the Sharks, Beau Ryan
is claiming. We have a TRY. Looking at the grounding
Nightingale comes up with the kick and the Dragons have it 20m off their own line, a poor kick from the Sharks on the last tackle.
Time off with a scrum for the Sharks. Fien's kick ruled not played at by the Sharks. They have possession 25 metres off their own line
79:08 - VIDEO REFEREE for the Sharks, Andrew Fifita
is claiming. We have a TRY for Sharks
80 min: TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Andrew Fifita
. Conversion attempt by Todd Carney
TRY is awarded for the Cronulla Sharks as Fifita raced through the Dragons defence to dive on the loose ball. It appeared that Jason Nightingale
got a hand on the ball first, but the video referee awarded try to Sharks. Todd Carney
with the conversion extended the lead. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
FULL TIME at WIN Stadium in Wollongong as seen a crazy finish to the game as the Sharks have stolen victory 22-18 over the Dragons