The Cronulla Sharks walk away victorious tonight after an easy 20-0 win over the Sydney Roosters.Â The white wash tonight makes the Sharks joint leaders on 34 points with the Melbourne Storm.No different to any other game this season, the Sharks proved their strong defence and only just getting in enough attack to run in three tries to the Roosters nil.
The win proves the Sharks remain hungry for the top two and possibly the minor premiership, while the underperforming Roosters are now still only one point ahead of fifth-placed Brisbane.Â The loss tonight is a third loss streak for the Roosters and is a first for their coach Brad Fittler.
The Roosters loss tonight leaves much to be desired for their finals hopes leading into the semi’s.Â Their lack of ball control and overall performance was enough to make anyone question whether the Sharks’ attack was still considered the second worst in the NRL.
Early in the match, the Roosters came out hungry knowing a win would see them overtake the Sharks and move into third on the ladder.Â Prop David Shillington let fly with a some haymakers inside the opening minute.
The game which unfolded within the first 3 minutesÂ was edge of your seat,Â unfortunately,Â it seemed to be only 3 minutes the RoostersÂ were ever in the game.Â The final 77 saw very little fight from the tri-coloured team.
After only 7 minutes, Fraser Anderson palmed off Sia Soliola for the first try of the night.Â The score moved to 8-0 when Luke Covell soared AFL style into the air to drag in a Brett Seymour kick ten minutes later.
While the Roosters took care of the ball, completing all but one of their sets in the opening, the predictability of their bombs for their wings on almost every fifth tackle meant very little or no threat for the Sharks.
The Roosters had a glimmer of hope when Mitchell Pearce, desperately dived on a loose ball inside his own half, but they couldn’t put together a decent set of 6 to get any points on the board.
Paul Gallen ran over the line just before the hour while Covell assisted Paul Gallen in sealing the deal when tipping back a Kimmorley kick of Amos Roberts’ head into Gallen’s hand and sending him in for try number 3.Â
Just before O’Meley was sent to the bin for back chatting in the last 9 minutes, in form Covell kicked three straight penalties.
O’Meley couldn’t keep his mouth shut after the Sharks blatantly knocked on during a play the ball and even after they were penalised which earned him his visit to the bin.Â Â Referee Robinson didn’t hesitate after O’Meley almost begged to be penalised by saying “why don’t you penalise us?”