Sharks batter Storm in upset

The Cronulla Sharks have convincingly defeated the Melbourne Storm 36-26 at Olympic Park tonight.

The Storm scored early through fullback Billy Slater but at half time, the Sharks held a handy 26-18 lead.

The visitors went further ahead in the second half and held a 36-18 lead before the Storm scored two late tries.

STORM 26 Tries: Cooper 2, Bell 2, Slater Goals: Smith 3/3 defeated by SHARKS 36 Tries: Bailey, Simmons, Gallen, Hilder, Peachey, Sullivan, Vagana Goals: Kimmorley 5/7

Olympic Park Melbourne Referee: Shayne Hayne Video Referee: Mick Stone. Touch Judges: Matt Cecchin, Jason Weinstein

By the clock: 5 min: TRY - Storm. Billy Slater. Conversion Cameron Smith. Storm 6-0

8 min: TRY - Sharks. Phil Bailey. Conversion Brett Kimmorley. 6-all

12 min: PENALTY GOAL - Sharks. Kimmorley. Sharks 8-6

14 min: TRY - Sharks. David Simmons. Conversion Kimmorley unsuccessful. Sharks 12-6

17 min: TRY - Sharks. Paul Gallen. Conversion Kimmorley unsuccessful. Sharks 16-6

26 min: TRY - Sharks. Matt Hilder. Conversion Kimmorley. Sharks 22-6

29 min: TRY - Sharks. David Peachey. Conversion Kimmorley unsuccessful. Sharks 26-6

36 min: TRY - Storm. Dustin Cooper. Conversion Smith. Sharks 26-12

39 min: TRY - Storm. Steven Bell. Conversion Smith Sharks 26-18


59 min: TRY - Sharks. Michael Sullivan. Conversion Kimmorley. Sharks 32-18

67 min: TRY - Sharks. Nigel Vagana. Conversion Kimmorley. Sharks 36-18

72 min: TRY - Storm. Dustin Cooper. Conversion Smith unsuccessful. Sharks 36-22

80 min: TRY - Storm. Steven Bell. Conversion Smith unsuccessful. Sharks 36-26

FULL TIME Big game from Danny Nutley from the Sharks who made 35 tackles, 26 hit ups and over 200 metres with the ball. ----------------------------------------- players of the match: 3 - D Nutley (Sharks) 2 - P Gallen (Sharks) 1 - B Kimmorley (Sharks) -----------------------------------------