In what proved to be a Black Friday for the Roosters, they just simply couldn’t match the Sharks overall intensity.
Sharks coach Shane Flanagan would be relieved after picking up his first win as coach, and he couldn’t have been happier with the performance from his players.
“They are a great bunch of blokes and there is a real determination, especially in defence, and if we keep that going and improve in attack,Â we will become a very good side”, says Flanagan.
Sharks fullback Nathan Gardner was the difference between the two sides, scoring a brilliant solo try, as well as wrapping up the ball to hand the Sharks the win following a last chance effort from the Roosters to score.
The night didn’t go all his way however, as he became subject to big hits with both Braith Anasta and Frank Paul Nuuasala placed on report for high shots on the live-wire fullback.
It was the Sharks defence however that won them the game as they defended wave after wave from the Roosters and held strong, particularly in the last 5 minutes of the game.
For the Roosters, their top 4 hopes have suffered a huge blow and coach Brian Smith accused his playing group of lacking the composure to beat a Sharks side desperate for a win.
We are vulnerable, that’s where we are right now and we need to regroup fast”, says Smith.
“On a couple of occasions, we were in a rush to do things when we need to do things calmly”.
The Sharks seem to building well for the future, and could soon return to the fore-front of the NRL.
The Roosters however will be out to show they are still a force despite two losses in a row.