Cronulla Sharks vs Sydney Roosters: NRL live scores, blog

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    Cronulla players celebrate their win with fans during the round 12 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Cronulla Sharks (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Colin Whelan)

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    Cronulla Vs. Roosters

    2013 NRL Premiership Season, 27 August, 2013

    Remondis Stadium, NSW
    Cronulla 32 defeated Roosters 22
    Cronulla Roosters
    32 FINAL SCORE 22
    4 TRIES 4
    4/4 CONVERSION KICKS 3/4
    4/4 PENALTY GOALS 0/0
    0/0 FIELD GOAL 0/0
     
    Top scorers:
    • Cronulla - Todd Carney 16pts (0T 8G)
    • Roosters - Daniel Tupou 8pts (2T 0G)
    Important moments:
    • Cronulla took the lead at the 4 min. mark 1st half
    • James Maloney (SydR) scored at the 77 min. mark 2nd half
     
    Referee: Klein, A
    Touch judges: Wise, M & Gough, P

    The Cronulla Sharks got out of jail against St George Illawarra last week but will need to improve tenfold if they are defeat a Sydney Roosters side on an eight match winning streak. Join us for live scores and commentary from 7.00pm AEST.

    A late Andrew Fifita try was enough for the Sharks to secure two valuable competition points against a Dragons team missing several key players last week.

    Despite attaining victory, Cronulla once again showed their limitations in attack, and it remains to be seen if they have enough points in them to crack the NRL’s best defensive unit.

    The Roosters enjoyed a training run of sorts against the Tigers last week and possess all the confidence in the world at the moment.

    With the finals just around the corner, playing the Sharks away from home is just what the Roosters need to get into peak shape for September.

    The last time these two teams met, the Roosters romped to a 40 nil victory and Cronulla will be keen to show at home that they deserve to be ranked as a premiership contender.

    Given that they are at home, tonight’s contest could end up being a real arm wrestle.

    Prediction

    The battle upfront should be a highlight, with in-form Sharks forwards Andrew Fifita and Bryce Gibbs squaring off against Roosters giants Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Sam Moa.

    NSW second rowers Luke Lewis and Paul Gallen will also need to play strongly tonight in a bid to stop superstar Sonny Bill Williams from wrecking havoc.

    While the Sharks at full strength can certainly match the Roosters upfront, Sydney does possess a significant advantage in the backline.

    The likes of Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Daniel Tupou and Roger-Tuivasa Sheck have made a habit of tearing opposition to shreds this season with their speed and sharp footwork.

    Throw in the strong present form of halves Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney, and it’s easy to understand why the Sharks simply must win the arm wrestle upfront to deny the Roosters the platform to weave their magic.

    With a home final still well on the cards for Cronulla, expect the Sharks to really turn up tonight in a bid to secure the all important home ground advantage in the first week of the finals

    After eight straight wins, the Roosters may be a little vulnerable tonight and may just fall short against a determined Sharks outfit.

    Sharks by 4

    Alan is one of The Roar's longest serving live bloggers, covering football, tennis and rugby league.

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    • 9:15pm
      crackaShaun said | 9:15pm | ! Report

      You beautay!

    • Roar Guru

      8:51pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:51pm | ! Report

      The Sharks did enough in the first half to defeat the Roosters here but the chooks were very strong in the second half and scored 4 tries in the second half to nil. Roosters were also denied a try that would have really provided a grand stand finish. Sharks though very strong in the first half but were pegged back in the second and that could be a worry come finals time. Roosters needed the kick up the bum after eight straight wins but the way they fought in the second half will please coach Robinson. It was the finals match the Roosters needed with the finals just around the corner. Great contest overall.

      Sharks 32
      Roosters 22

    • Roar Guru

      8:48pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:48pm | ! Report

      80′ – Lewis for the line and he offloads to possession but the Roosters get the ball and that’s all she wrote

      FULLTIME

      Sharks 32
      Roosters 22

    • 8:48pm
      Az said | 8:48pm | ! Report

      That’s a worry for the sharks

    • Roar Guru

      8:48pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:48pm | ! Report

      Lewis with a strip there but the video referee fails to overturn it despite overturning a call just minutes earlier.

      Sharks 32
      Roosters 22

    • Roar Guru

      8:47pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:47pm | ! Report

      79′ – Roosters have scored 4 tries to nil in the second half. Its 4 tries each. Roosters with the error now

      Sharks 32
      Roosters 22

    • Roar Guru

      8:45pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:45pm | ! Report

      CONVERSION SUCCESSFUL – Maloney converts

      Sharks 32
      Roosters 22

    • Roar Guru

      8:45pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:45pm | ! Report

      TRY ROOSTERS – Jennings scores out wide!

      Sharks 32
      Roosters 20

    • Roar Guru

      8:44pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:44pm | ! Report

      76′ – Roosters with six to go here as they attack. Too little too late but admirable effort in the second half nonetheless. Robinson should be happy with this bounce back.

      Sharks 32
      Roosters 16

    • Roar Guru

      8:43pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:43pm | ! Report

      75′ – Roosters get the turnover here and need a miracle to get back in this

      Sharks 32
      Roosters 16

    • Roar Guru

      8:42pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:42pm | ! Report

      74′ – Roosters with a short kickoff but the Sharks get possession. Sharks will go into fifth position I think with this win

      Sharks 32
      Roosters 16

    • Roar Guru

      8:42pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:42pm | ! Report

      PENALTY SUCCESSFUL – Carney converts and that’s three penalty goals in the second half.

      Sharks 32
      Roosters 16

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