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After five weeks, four losses and 324
playing minutes, Cronulla’s NRL point-
scoring drought is over.
So, too, is their five-match losing
streak after a miraculous second-half
comeback win over Brisbane at Suncorp
Stadium last night.
Down 22-0 with 27 minutes left, the
Sharks broke their shackles with four
unanswered tries for a thrilling 24-
22 victory in front of 24,285 stunned
It was unheralded winger Jacob Gagan
who stopped the rot, and sparked the
comeback, latching on to a Todd Carney
cross-kick in what appeared a mere
consolation try at the time.
But when it rains it pours for cellar-
Paul Gallen and Carney then also
crossed in a 10-minute blitz that had it
just four down with 15 minutes to play.
Although Broncos halfback Ben Hunt
did his best to cap a superb individual
display by closing down the game, a
Dale Copley fumble handed the Sharks
the two points.
Copley rose high to claim a Jeff
Robson bomb on his goal-line but
lost it as he fell to the surface, giving
rival winger Sosaia Feki a gift match-
While Gallen and his men were
jubilant on full-time, it was a match the
Broncos can feel they threw away after
taking their foot off the Sharks’ throat.
The returns of Gallen, Luke Lewis and
halfback Robson did little to change
Cronulla’s fortunes in the first half when
Hunt ran amok.
The Sharks, whose previous last try
came on May 17 against Wests Tigers,
and had since leaked 86 points, tried
all they could with midfield grubbers
and 12 off-loads but again lacked the
precision and composure.
In that time, Hunt clinically set up all
three Broncos tries for a 16-0 half-time
The much-improved halfback put
Daniel Vidot over in the 15th minute
with a superb cut-out pass down the
short side which was a sign of things to
Another well-weighted cut-out saw
Alex Glenn bust through some flimsy
The third came from a right-foot step
and then offload on the line for Dave
Hala to dive over for just his second
Hala did not have to wait long for his
third as he crossed two minutes after the
resumption, but from there the sixth-
placed Broncos rested on their laurels
and were punished.
Relieved Cronulla coach Peter Sharp
half joked he saw his coaching tenure
coming to a swift end when the Broncos
crossed for their fourth try.
“ I won’t see 9.30pm, that ’s what I
was thinking,” he smiled. “But it (that
thought) went back as we scored every
“ I really didn’t think we were that
bad all night, we had a couple of D
“ I thought for the first time in a long
while we just built some pressure (in the
second half ) and got a reasonable share
Under fire after Gallen questioned his
commitment at the start of the week,
Sharp praised his skipper’s leadership on
and off the field.
“The leadership shown by the captain
this week was outstanding from my
point of view,” he said.
“ He really led from the front in all
areas, and it was magnificent. That ’s
what great players do.
“ How he spoke to the players, how he
conducted himself, how he ran things,”
Broncos coach Anthony Griffin was
dumbfounded by the second-half
“ Possession and bounce of the ball, —
anything that could happen, just did in
that last 25 minutes,” a rueful Griffin
“ Unfortunately we threw a lot of hard
work from that first 55.
“ We had 10 sets in the second half, I’ve
never seen a half like it where you only
get 10 sets of ball.”
Skipper Justin Hodges said the Sharks’
confidence grew with their drought-
breaking try and it was tough to stop
“That ’s what happens in footy,
sometimes you give a team a sniff and
the rest is history.” — AAP
Sharks get home in thriller
Manly takes outright
lead as Roosters’
Manly has moved to the outright
lead at the top of the NRL ladder
with a 24-16 win over Sydney
Roosters at Brookvale O val last
In a gripping grand-final rematch,
a Peta Hiku try in the 78th minute
sealed the win for the home side,
with Jamie Lyon’s conversion
putting the Sea Eagles out to an
unassailable eight-point lead.
After trailing 10-0 early, the
Roosters fought their way back
into the contest and should have
tied the scores at 18-all in the 68th
minute after a Mitchell Pearce try,
but James Maloney pushed the very
gettable conversion wide.
A desperate Roosters attempted
a short drop-out minutes from
time, which Manly gathered
before Hiku crossed for his second
of the night.
Brett Stewart was instrumental in
the win, Manly’s 10th of the season,
before a crowd 17,155, which puts
it two points clear of Penrith which
travels to Auckland tomorrow to
meet the Warriors.
Manly burst out to an early 10-0
lead after 18 minutes following
two great sweeping backline plays
created tries for Hiku in the 14th
minute and Jorge Taufua four
minutes later. In a high-quality
game, a Sonny Bill Williams short
ball put Shaun Kenny-Dowall over
in the 23rd minute.
A converted try to Boyd Cordner,
in just his second his second touch
after six weeks out with an ankle
injury, from a Mitchell Pearce short
ball put the Roosters ahead, in the
25th minute after James Maloney ’s
A Jamie Lyon penalty goal on the
stroke on half-time brought a 12-
all scoreline at the break.
A superb set play put Brett
Stewart over in the 52nd minute
to give Manly an 18-12, lead before
a Frank Paul Nuuausala break 12
minutes from full-time put Pearce
in the clear.
The Roosters halfback outsprinted
Stewart to score.
But Maloney ’s miss proved costly,
the Roosters forced to play catch-
up football before Hiku’s final try.
Manly interchange for ward
James Hasson left the field with
concussion in the 34th minute and
did not return.
Manly coach Geoff Toovey said
his side’s goal line defence early in
the second half paved the way for
“It was gutsy, it was tough,” he
“After half-time we made an
error off the kick off and they were
camped down our end for probably
“I thought it was really taxing on
us to keep them at bay and a very
resilient effort from the for wards
in particular to keep the Roosters
Roosters coach Trent Robinson
believed his side’s poor execution
cost it victory.
“ We certainly had enough chances
in that second half,” he said.
“ We created enough field position
but poor execution cost us.
“In quite a few sets on their line
we turned over quite a lot of ball,
not getting to the end of our sets
“I think we were 56% (completion)
in the second half.
“ You don’t win a game with that
kind of execution.
“ We were not patient enough.”
PICTURE: Getty Images
Wade Graham of the Cronulla Sharks is tackled by Brisbane Broncos players
at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane last night.
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