Cronulla have overturned one of many largest hoodoos within the NRL, scoring a thumping 40-22 win over Manly in Gosford.
It was simply the third time in 12 years the Sharks tasted victory over their bogey crew however appeared a category above in depressing situations on Sunday afternoon at Central Coast Stadium.
“It was good. We lastly produced within the recreation what we spoke about in the course of the week,” Sharks skipper Wade Graham mentioned post-game.
And whereas the Sea Eagles had been with out stars Dylan Walker and Tom Trbojevic, their defence did not form up towards a Sharks backbone which had discovered its groove.
Shaun Johnson, Matt Moylan and Chad Townsend all arrange tries within the first half to lead 18-6 on the break and, between them, had a hand in all seven of the Sharks’ four-pointers.
Townsend had the perfect of them within the 54th minute with a miraculous catch and move whereas falling, setting flying winger Sione Katoa up for his second attempt of the match.
Katoa scores sensational attempt within the nook
Katoa’s put-down whereas within the air was inch-perfect, demonstrating the talents which had landed him eight tries from seven video games this season.
“Oh wow. How good,” NRL legend Peter Sterling mentioned in commentary.
“That is simply stunning. Don’t overlook it is greasy situations and the rain is falling!”
“He by no means ceases to amaze me, Si,” mentioned Sharks coach John Morris.
“He’s obtained stunning palms, he picked that up off his bootlaces final week and in a greasy night time tonight to give you the chance to dive for the nook and get the grip on the ball like that may be a actual talent that he is obtained.
“He’s a pure finisher and I’m unsure there’s many higher than him by way of ending tries.”
The Sea Eagles had gained 17 of their previous 19 video games towards Cronulla relationship again to 2008 for the equal-best successful report of any NRL crew towards any opponent.
However, nothing went proper for Des Hasler’s aspect who struggled to discover efficiency in assault with out their star fullback scoring or establishing tries.
Even in kick-offs that they had no luck, with Reuben Garrick sending the ball nearly into the stands after Cronulla’s first attempt.
Garrick blasts kick-off nearly into the stands
NRL analyst Phl Gould mentioned Manly had been “predictable” of their efforts on Sunday.
“They had been a write-off at the moment,” he mentioned on Nine.
“Everywhere with the ball they appeared so predictable. I’m shocked Manly put factors on them within the second half as they did.
“I used to be a bit dissatisfied within the Sharks within the second half however a very good win for them and it retains the momentum going.”
Before Sunday, Trbojevic had arrange or scored 11 of Manly’s 14 tries this season. And, with him sidelined with a hamstring damage for an additional two months, the Sea Eagles will want to look elsewhere for his or her factors.
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Addin Fonua-Blake, Jorge Taufua and Tevita Funa had been the lone scorers on Sunday, the previous scoring by lax defence twice within the second half.
The Sharks opened the sport within the 14th minute when Braden Hamlin-Uele burst onto a brief ball from Townsend shut to the road.
Manly hit again shortly after when stand-in five-eighth Lachlan Croker arrange Taufua on the wing, however the vitality went out of the Sea Eagles quickly afterwards.
“I’m actually dissatisfied to let you know the reality,” mentioned Hasler.
“We scored (22) factors, that is sufficient to win a recreation of footy, actually.
“They had been higher on the ruck than us and defensively we missed far too many tackles and we want to repair that fast good.”
Hamlin-Uele crashes over for Cronulla
The win was the third of 2020 for the Sharks and their first back-to-back, elevating hope their season can get better from early challenges.
They will subsequent play Gold Coast in Queensland, whereas Manly will host Newcastle subsequent Sunday.
Deflated Manly Sea Eagles captain Daly Cherry-Evans mentioned the crew’s defence can be a spotlight at coaching this week.
“It was nicely off tonight to be truthful,” he mentioned.
“Obviously we have got a bit to work on. Just a number of ill-discipline throughout the board. To let that many factors in is fairly disappointing.
“The Sharks performed rather well tonight and clearly we want to be higher.
“[It’s] an enormous wake-up name.”