The misery continued for the Sharks however as they were outplayed 24-4 at AAMI Stadium.
As 14th played the wooden spooners with the Storm unable to accrue any points this season as a result of their cap breach, the match attracted Melbourne’s smallest crowd of the year with just over 8,000 attending the game.
With pride on the line for both teams, they both played physical football, but it was the Storm who ultimately came out on top as they were significantly better in attack.
An injury to Matthew Duffie beforehand resulted in second-rower Sika Manu playing in the centres and getting on the score-sheet to wrap up the win for the Storm.
Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan is relatively eager for the season to end.
“I probably do at the moment.”
“We were OK in the first half and there was some desperate defence on the tryline
“I was quite happy to go in at 6-0 down but I just thought in the second half there was two tough decisions there and we just couldn’t handle them.
Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy praised his young side, that was made up of quite a few under 20’s stars such as boom half Luke Kelly who took over Brett Finch’s position whilst he was being rested.
“He did a real good job, I thought his defence was outstanding,” Bellamy said.”Everyone keeps telling us where we’d be but at the end of the day it doesn’t mean anything and I don’t particularly want to know,” he said.