Only the brave would have tipped the Cronulla Sharks to win against the Sydney Roosters this week based on their form so far in 2015 but for those that did, they are cheering.
The cheering comes after the Sharks pulled off one of the upsets of the season with a wonderful display of footy, beating the Roosters 20-12 at Allianz Stadium.
It was the Sharks first premiership win since July last season and against all the odds, the Sharks fought valiantly and won the game as a result.
Their form has so far been inconsistent but in a big game, the Sharks proved their mettle and went toe-to-toe with the Roosters, even outplaying them for the majority of the first half.
With all the emphasis on their more senior players, it was youngster Jack Bird who made the biggest impression. With two tries and a try assist to his name, Bird showed why he will be a future star in the game.
His performance drew praise from captain Paul Gallen.
“He’s a good kid, he’s got that knack, he’s got that vision, he’s tough as nails and he’s got a real bright future ahead of him,” Gallen said.
Additionally, it also drew praise from Sharks coach, Shane Flanagan.
“Birdy had a great game, scored two tries… we knew he had it in him,” he said.
Forced to deal with a mountain of defensive work, it was tough going for the Roosters, who looked stagnant in attack as a result.
Despite his side’s effort, Trent Robinson was quick to praise the Sharks and how well they played.
“Not our best game today but credit to them, they came out and they fought hard,” he said.
A hard marker on his own game, Roosters captain and halfback Mitch Pearce was critical of himself and his lack of attacking potency.
“It was really disappointing across the board especially a lot of our attack, which I take ownership for, wasn’t on,” Pearce said.
Player of the Game:
3. Jack Bird
2. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
1. Valentine Holmes
Cronulla Sharks 20 (Bird 2, Holmes, Lewis tries; Gordon 2 goals) defeated Sydney Roosters 12 (Aubusson, Tuivasa-Sheck tries; Maloney 2 goals) at Allianz Stadium. Crowd: 12,004