Todd Carney

You perhaps would not have billed it to end in the manner that it did, but the Cronulla Sharks have pulled a rabbit out of a hat, with the Sharks halves pairing of Todd Carney and Jeff Robson guiding the Sharks to a come-from-behind 20-19 win, over the New Zealand Warriors at Toyota Stadium.

With the Sharks playing with no Paul Gallen, after he was ruled out because of a knee injury – they were forced to fight the entire game, in front of 9271 supporters, in conditions that were horrendous to say the least.

It was on the back of a 40/20 from Carney that put the Sharks in the position to win the game, with Sharks coach Shane Flanagan saying that his side stole a win, sort of.

“To a certain degree.

“I thought if we hung in there, we’d eventually get some points. But it was probably one you could put in that category.”

Carney himself said that he had been in doubt until game day, after he picked up a cork in NSW’s win in Origin.

“I was a little bit rattled (on Friday). I didn’t train with the team,” he said.

“But this morning was surprising – I felt pretty good.

“I wanted to turn up and play the best I could and work on from Wednesday, and continue my form for the Sharks.

“Obviously it’s a completely different role when I come back here and I just wanted to come out and play the best that I could for the boys.”

Warriors coach Brian McClennan saw eerie similarities to this loss, that he saw to a loss in Tigers in Rd 11 – citing that it was a loss his side had let slip.

“No one likes to go down and lose those games by those small margins,” he said.

“We just didn’t execute well enough.”

To make things even worse for the Warriors, both Micheal Luck (knee) and Ben Matulino (sternum) suffered injuries, but coach McClennan believes that both will be fit for the club after the side’s bye.

By ricky

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