Full Time
80:00
4:00pm Sun April 5, 2015
Round 5 - Sydney Football Stadium (1988-2018) - Crowd: 12004
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They've done it. The Sharks have broken through for their first win of the season.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20-12

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Anthony Tupou takes Mitchell Pearce in the final play of the game.

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Cronulla have been caught with the ball on the last but with only 50 seconds remaining the Sharks will be singing Up, Up, Cronulla tonight.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20-12

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Luke Lewis is coming off, replaced by Anthony Tupou.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20-12

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Michael Jennings is on report.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20-12

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Michael Jennings has put a big shot on Luke Lewis which has hurt the Sharks #11.

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Daniel Tupou crosses for a try but the referee has ruled Michael Jennings pass forward.

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The Roosters have come up with the ball from the short kick off.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20-12

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

From right in-front, the Sharks have an eight point lead.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20-12

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TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Jack Bird. Kick to come.

Ladies and Gentlemen, today we have seen a future star show his talent. Take a bow, Jack Bird.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 18-12

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Jeff Robson takes the line on but is taken down just short.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-12

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Mitchell Pearce has knocked on in-goal. Line drop-out to the Sharks.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-12

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Paul Gallen is back on, can the Sharks captain get them home.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-12

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.

The Sharks won't want to give away a penalty close to the posts, down by only two now.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-12

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A great run by Issac Liu put Aubusson over in the corner who showed the pace reminiscent of his earlier days as a centre.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-10

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

After some classy offloads the Roosters are right back in the contest.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-10

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Wade Graham's clearing kick forces the Roosters to start the set deep in their own end.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-6

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The Roosters bomb for Nene MacDonald but Valentine Holmes is able to take the ball.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-6

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.

Maloney converts to put the Roosters back in the contest.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-6

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TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. Kick to come.

The Roosters Fullback finally gets the home side on the board making a 50 metre run. Can the Roosters come back or will the Sharks be able to break through for their first win of 2015.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-4

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James Maloney has thrown a pass straight into the crowd. Things just aren't going the Roosters way today.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-0

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Jeff Robson is playing hooker in Ennis' absence with Wade Graham filling in the halves.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-0

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Chris Heighington is back on replacing Paul Gallen.

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Great defence by three Sharks on Nene MacDonald forces the Roosters back on their line.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-0

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Michael Ennis has gone off to receive treatment for the head clash.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-0

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The Roosters have lost possession during an attacking raid after a Mitchell Pearce forward pass.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-0

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Michael Ennis has come out worst for wear and to add insult to injury the Roosters have been awarded a penalty.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-0

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Roger Tuivasa-Scheck makes a 40 metre run but a tackle by Michael Ennis has left both players hurt after a head clash.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-0

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Jack Bird has cleaned up James Maloney's grubber. With Ben Barba due back next week, Shane Flanagan may well have to find the former Dally M winner a new spot in the team.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-0

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Michael Jennings makes a strong run, the Roosters are finally in an attacking position.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-0

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Jack Bird puts a bit too much on his kick straight to Roger Tuivasa-Scheck.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-0

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James Maloney looks for a 40/20 but Valentine Holmes is able to clean up.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-0

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Sam Moa is on the spot to clean up a poor pass from Michael Ennis on the Roosters goal line.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-0

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Wade Graham earns a strip. If the Sharks can cross here, the Sharks may well have their first win for 2015.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-0

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James Maloney bombs but Sosaia Feki is able to clean up.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-0

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Andrew Fifita is down after a high shot from Mitchell Pearce but referee Ben Cummins has allowed play to continue without a penalty.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-0

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UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Conversion attempt by Michael Gordon unsuccessful.

That miss may well prove costly, but at this stage the Sharks are well on top.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-0

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TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Luke Lewis. Kick to come.

After being denied early on in the first half, the comer Panther is able to leap high to put the Sharks up by more than two converted tries.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14-0

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Valentine Holmes makes a good run but is just short of the Roosters try line.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 10-0

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Aidan Guerra has been ruled out of the game reducing the Roosters to 16 men.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 10-0

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Cronulla get a penalty for a strip on Andrew Fifita.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 10-0

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Sio Siua Taukeiaho makes a good run but Michael Gordon is able to gather in James Maloney's subsequent bomb.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 10-0

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Roger Tuivasa-Scheck is on the spot to take Jeff Robson's bomb.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 10-0

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

The former Panther is able to just get the ball over the sticks.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 10-0

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TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Valentine Holmes. Kick to come.

Jack Bird follows up his own try with an assist for Holmes who is playing on the wing.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 8-0

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Possible Cronulla Try to Valentine Holmes.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4-0

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Ricky Leutele makes a huge bust finding Sosaia Feki who is tackled just short of the line.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4-0

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With Aidan Guerra being assessed for concussion, Matt McIlwrick has gone to Hooker with Mitchell Aubusson shifting to the second row.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4-0

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Roger Tuivasa-Scheck loses the ball. Pressure back off the Sharks.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4-0

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Sosaia Feki loses the ball inside his own 30 metres. Big chance for the Roosters to open their account.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4-0

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After a false start, Valentine Holmes gets the second half underway.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4-0

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The Roosters have had limited chances so far, but have stood up to the Cronulla attack for the most part. Considering the weight of possession in favour of the Sharks, the Roosters will feel well placed to bounce back to claim their 4th win of the year.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4-0

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Aidan Guerra is being checked for a concussion test after an accidental knee to the head by Michael Gordon in the final moments of the first half.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4-0

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Paul Gallen has been cleared to return to the field after passing a concussion test following a hit by Dylan Napa.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4-0

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Best performers so far for the Sharks have been Jack Bird who has starred with his running game, along with an astute kicking performance. Chris Heighington starred for Cronulla early on with a willingness to offload the ball.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4-0

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Cronulla have dominated possession 61%-39%, while they have been tackled 24 times to the Roosters 2 inside the opposition 20 metres.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4-0

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Valentine Holmes is into space but can't play the ball quickly enough as the halftime siren goes.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4-0

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Jack Bird gets out of the in goal after big pressure from three Roosters.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4-0

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Good run from Willie Manu puts the Roosters inside the Cronulla half.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4-0

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Michael Ennis puts a huge bomb up for Daniel Tupou but Luke Lewis takes the Roosters winger early giving away a penalty.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4-0

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Bird showed great speed to score that try. In the lower grades with the Dragons he spent plenty of time in the centres and made quite an impact at the Auckland Nines on the wing.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4-0

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UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Conversion attempt by Michael Gordon unsuccessful.

From the right sideline, Gordon is unable to extend the Sharks lead.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4-0

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Willie Manu is on for the Roosters. The former Tiger, Rabbitoh and Dragon has spent the last decade playing in England, winning a premiership with St. Helens last year.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4-0

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TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Jack Bird. Kick to come.

Out of no where, the new number six makes a tremendous break to cross out wide. Finally the Sharks have numbers on the board.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4-0

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With 30 minutes gone both sides are still yet to score, but the Roosters have only had 37% of possession. Once they get an even share expect the Roosters to score some points.

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Paul Gallen is off being assessed for concussion. Matt Prior is on as his replacement.

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Nene MacDonald takes another bomb from Jeff Robson.

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Sio Siua Taukeiaho is on for the Roosters replacing Issac Liu.

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Shaun Kenny-Dowall makes a great break, but James Maloney opts to kick with a two man overlap.

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Jeff Robson puts in a woeful last tackle kick. A better side would have put on 20-points with the amount of opportunities the Sharks have had.

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David Fifita is on replacing his brother.

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Cronulla get a penalty inside their half.

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Anthony Tupou is on for Chris Heighington.

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The Sharks appear to be implementing rotating fullbacks between Holmes and Gordon.

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Valentine Holmes is able to defuse a bomb on the wing.

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Stats show the Sharks have had 20 tackles in the opposition 20 compared to the Roosters 1.

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Kane Evans is on for Sam Moa.

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Mitchell Aubusson is on replacing Matt McIlwrick.

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Daniel Tupou beats Michael Gordon to Jeff Robson's cross field kick. Pressure off the Roosters once again.

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Jeff Robson throws a dummy but is taken by two Roosters close to the line.

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Daniel Tupou loses the ball giving the Sharks another attacking chance 10 metres out.

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Roger Tuivasa-Scheck is able to beat two Sharks chasers to the ball.

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Jeff Robson bombs for Sosaia Feki but Nene MacDonald is able to make amends taking it on the full.

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For as little possession as the Roosters have had, they have made easy metres.

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Sam Moa has dropped the ball cold 20 metres out from the Sharks line.

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Chris Heighington loses the ball with space on the right. The Sharks compound the error by conceding a penalty.

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Cronulla throw an abysmal pass on the last but Shaun Kenny-Dowall knocks on.

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Penalty to Cronulla for a dangerous throw on Chris Heighington.

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Roosters have had limited chances but have looked dangerous with the ball.

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Mitchell Pearce makes a great run but loses the ball.

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No Try. 20 metre re-start to the Roosters.

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Sosaia Feki is claiming a Try. Ben Cummins has ruled No Try. On first viewing it looks unlikely Feki has gotten to Wade Graham's kick in time.

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Chris Heighington has been tremendous early on, making great metres and offloading the ball.

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Nene MacDonald is unable to clean up Jeff Robson's cross field kick. Line drop out.

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Luke Lewis is over the line but has been held up. Positive signs from the Sharks.

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Issac Liu is able to cover up a Michael Ennis grubber resulting in a line drop out.

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Luke Lewis is tackled only a metre out from the line.

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Chris Heighington loses the ball attempting an offload but the referee has ruled Matt McIlwrick knocked the ball on. Sharks scrum 20 metres out.

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James Maloney makes an error on the last tackle. Cronulla will start the set inside the Roosters half.

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Mitchell Pearce bombs but Sosaia Feki is on the spot to take the ball.

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Cronulla have shown a willingness to pass the ball early. Positive signs from the Sharks.

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James Maloney kicks off and Paul Gallen takes the first run of the day.

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Cronulla fans will be hoping the Sharks can replicate last year’s performance against the Roosters, coming from 24-0 down to win 30-28. While Valentine Holmes will also be out to emulate the feats of former Sharks fullback Nathan Gardner who produced one of the best individual tries of the decade against the Roosters back in 2010 playing at fullback.

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Despite the contrasting fortunes of both clubs in recent seasons, Cronulla have maintained a surprisingly strong form-line over the Roosters, coming away with five wins and a draw since 2010.

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Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has responded to the poor start to the year by making a number of positional changes including moving Valentine Holmes to fullback as well as elevating former Dragons Under 20s player Jack Bird to Five-Eighth.

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For the Sharks, Jayson Bukuya is replaced by former Rooster Tinirau Arona on the bench, while Andrew Fifita will start the game alongside Chris Heighington in the front row with Matt Prior shifting back to the interchange bench.

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For the Roosters, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is out with a calf strain sustained in the warm up in last week’s win over the Raiders. With the Kiwi prop out, Dylan Napa will start the game in the front row, while Willie Manu will play his first game in the NRL since Round 16, 2005.

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The Roosters have started the season with a 3-1 record, while the Sharks have yet to register their first competition points, going down last week to the Gold Coast at home.

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Welcome to League Unlimited’s coverage of Easter Sunday rugby league between Sydney Roosters and Cronulla Sharks at Allianz Stadium.

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Referees & scorers:

Referee: Ben Cummins, Adam Gee

Touch Judges: Adam Reid, Peter Gough

Video Referee: Steve Chiddy, Ben Galea

SYDNEY ROOSTERS (12)
Tries: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Mitchell Aubusson
Field Goals:
Conversions: James Maloney (2/2)
Penalty Goals:

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (20)
Tries: Jack Bird (2), Valentine Holmes, Luke Lewis
Field Goals:
Conversions: Michael Gordon (2/4)
Penalty Goals: