Storm and Sharks Rivalry Continues

It's a relatively new rivalry but no less intense due to its age. After they faced off in the grand final a few years back with the Sharks taking the premiership, the rivalry has been forged in the heat of battle and continued last night with finals intensity

The Storm who are usually amping up at this part of the season have lost 2 in a row against top eight teams. Not a great sign for Craig Bellamy

The Sharks move into sixth and won their second against the Storm this year and their run looks good into the finals and if they win they could push their way into the top four

Their scrambling defence was superb, denying tries through last-ditch tackles to Curtis Scott and Joe Stimson.

Both sides started the game early with lots of handling errors stifling their attacks. After Nelson Asofa-Solomona gave away a penalty, Jayden Brailey beat four defenders to score the Sharks' first try

The Storm continued to struggle their way through the half and struggled to gather any flow in attack.

Jesse Bromwich couldn't hang on to a pass right over the try line
Off a great from Will Chambers, Suliasi Vunivalu scored soon after with some liquid ball movement over the right edge.

Curtis Scott knocked on when the Storm were near the line after Josh Addo-Carr's 60m dash.

Cronulla confidence continued to grow and their composure creating great flow. Down the left edge the Sharks were hunting with Holmes to score just before the break, with Chad Townsend knocking over a field goal for a 13-4 lead at half-time.

Melbourne hit back early with Cameron Munster's grubber kick finding Billy Slater easily to score their second try.

The Storm kept the pressure on and again were denied by scrambling Sharks defence, with Josh Dugan and Townsend preventing Scott from scoring

Through Jesse Ramien and Holmes, Cronulla prevented another almost certain try to Joe Stimson

Ramien then turned defence into attack after dashing 80 metres off a poor Munster pass for Dugan to go through Addo-Carr to score.

Vunivalu scored a 73rd-minute try but the Sharks managed to hold on to get the win again through their awesome defense

- Jeremy


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