From villain to hero; Edrick Lee saved the day for the Cronulla Sharks with a late try to help defeat the New Zealand Warriors.
The 18-15 win at Mt Smart Stadium gives the Sharks some great momentum.
It almost did not happen, though, as a Shaun Johnson field goal put the Warriors up 15-14.
An offside call in favour of the Sharks than ensued and the rest, as they say, is history.
It was the Warriors who burst out of the blocks early, catching the Sharks off guard.
Tries to Solomone Kata and Anthony Gelling gave the Warriors a 12-0 lead.
The Sharks refused to lay down, though, going on to score two tries of their own.
The first from boom centre Jesse Ramien before Lee scored the first of his two tries.
The back and forth continued as both sides tried to break the deadlock.
It eventually came courtesy of a Chad Townsend penalty goal before Johnson levelled it up yet again.
Johnson’s field goal put the Warriors ahead but it would be the Sharks day courtesy of Lee’s late try.
There was a further blow for the Warriors with Bunty Afoa forced from the field with an elbow injury.
Warriors coach Stephen Kearney lamented the short turnaround that his players had to endure.
“It is tough, I’ll just leave it at that,” the Warriors coach said.
Kearney was also miffed about some of the decisions made during the game.
“I will need some explaining about a few calls … my opinion doesn’t count though, it is the person right next to it [touch judge] who matters,” he continued.
“In key moments, we need to better … we came out of the box early, but overall we didn’t execute as we would have liked.
“We were very unlucky in the end.”
Sharks coach Shane Flanagan is pleased with the resiliency shown by his side to get the win.
“I thought we gave them 12 points early, but after that we were outstanding for 70 minutes,” he said.
“I knew it would be a tight game and I felt it would come down to the last 10 minutes.
“It was a cracking game of footy, thankfully we won it.”
Player of the Game:
3. Matt Moylan
2. Isaiah Papali’i
- Paul Gallen