Round 5 Sharks v Roosters Review

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The Cronulla Sharks and the Sydney Roosters were looking to notch another win under their belts as the two teams met at Southern Cross Stadium in the Sutherland Shire for Friday night football. The Sharks were looking to break into the top 8 while the Roosters were looking for an away win to cement their spot.

Josh Dugan would be a late withdrawal for Cronulla, with Matt Moylan moving to fullback and Trent Hodkinson coming in for the Sharks. The Roosters would stay 1-17 as named during the week.

The game would start off as a slog fest, with a keen eye on the penalty count early on. The referees kept the whistle in the pockets early on, however both teams would take advantage of it when the penalties were blown. Chad Townsend would open the scoring for the Sharks, while Latrell Mitchell would tie it up a 2-2 after 17 minutes.

It would take 4 more minutes to see our first try, with Ryan Matterson taking advantage of a Feki error to dive over for the Roosters. Latrell Mitchell would shank his kick, with the Roosters taking a 6-2 advantage. They would continue to pressure the Sharks, with Joseph Manu going over to make it 10-2 off a great Keary grubber. Mitchell would convert to make it 12-2.

The Sharks would not let the Roosters get another one, with some slick work out the back from Matt Moylan and a fantastic pick up/finish from Valentine Holmes would see the Sharks hit back just before the break to make it 12-6. That would not be it though, as a great kick from Cooper Cronk and some fantastic work from Blake Ferguson saw Ryan Matterson get his second of the game on the stroke of the break. Latrell Mitchell would convert to make it 18-6 at half time.

The Roosters would start the second half in the best fashion possible, with James Tedesco making the most of an overlap to score in the 51st minute. Mitchell would miss that conversion, however the Roosters would look to continue to build on a 22-6 lead. Latrell Mitchell would convert a penalty goal 20 minutes from time to make it 24-6.

Valentine Holmes would go over for his second try with 8 minutes left off a lovely grubber from Chad Townsend. He would miss the conversion and the Sharks would be incredibly sloppy over the remaining few minutes as they tried to grab points. An error would lead to Reece Robinson nearly streaking the length of the field, and 3 plays later he would go over after a beautiful kick from Keary with seconds left to make it 28-10.

The Roosters move on to a 3-2 record, while the Sharks are now at 2-3. Next week, the Roosters have the Bunnies at home while the Sharks make the tough trip down the road to visit the Dragons.



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