Sharks’ woes continues against Souths

By James MacSmith, James MacSmith is a Roar Guru

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    Cronulla’s late-season slump has continued with a 12-6 loss to a Cody Walker-inspired South Sydney at ANZ Stadium.

    Walker starred for the Rabbitohs on Monday night alongside Sam Burgess and Nathan Brown as they handed the Sharks their third successive loss, and made their winning streak of 15 a distant memory.

    Missing captain Paul Gallen to a calf injury, the Sharks looked sluggish for much of the contest on a cold and wet night.

    In the absence of Adam Reynolds, who left the field with a concussion in the 26th minute, Walker led the Rabbitohs with aplomb and scored one of their two tries.

    An 80th-minute try by Joe Burgess sealed the Rabbitohs’ seventh win of the season, with the winger and Brown leading the way for the home side up front.

    James Maloney and Wade Graham tried hard to spark the Sharks in the second half, but the visitors lacked execution and composure as they pressed for a come-from-behind win.

    The duo combined for Cronulla’s only try in the 53rd minute.

    Souths five-eighth Walker scored the only try of the first half when he dashed under the posts from close range in the 33rd minute.

    A Damien Cook penalty after the halftime siren gave Souths an 8-0 lead at the break.

    Before only 7,588 fans – showing why this is the second-last Monday night game ever – the arm wrestle continued for much of the bruising second half.

    Cronulla sit in second place after 24 rounds, a point above third-placed Canberra and need to win their final games against Sydney Roosters and Melbourne to confirm a top-two finish.

    Maloney could be in judiciary trouble for two high tackles late in the game.

    The Sharks’ winning streak ended in July with a draw against Gold Coast.

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    • Roar Rookie

      August 23rd 2016 @ 12:29pm
      catcat said | August 23rd 2016 @ 12:29pm | ! Report

      I thought Maloney and Ennis were trying to play them back into the game with some energy but it just ended up making them look rash and then frustrated when it didn’t come off. Level heads are needed to get their composure back and hopefully better decision making will come with that.

    • August 23rd 2016 @ 3:04pm
      James said | August 23rd 2016 @ 3:04pm | ! Report

      Am I right that if regardless if sharks finish 1st, 2nd, or 3rd their semi is at Sydney football stadium given that is the raiders home semi location as well?

      • Roar Guru

        August 23rd 2016 @ 3:55pm
        Alex Green said | August 23rd 2016 @ 3:55pm | ! Report

        I thought if the Raiders finish 1st or 2nd (or 5th or 6th) their first game would be in Canberra, but the following game would be in Sydney regardless of them earning the home game. Could be wrong though?

        • August 23rd 2016 @ 4:25pm
          Bulldog said | August 23rd 2016 @ 4:25pm | ! Report

          No I am pretty sure there will be no finals in Canberra regardless of where they finish. Pretty tough stance by NRL given they do not reside in Sydney or NSW.

        • August 23rd 2016 @ 4:48pm
          Geoff from Bruce Stadium said | August 23rd 2016 @ 4:48pm | ! Report

          I think it works like this. If the Raiders finish second they will host a final in Canberra against the 3rd placed team in the first week. If they win that they go straight to the prelim which will be played in Sydney.

          If they finish 3rd or 4th and lose to the 2nd or 1st placed team in an away final in the first week they will host a final against one of the winners of the bottom half of the 8 (5th vs 8th or 6th vs 7th) the following week. If they win that final they will play in the prelim final which could be in Melbourne or Sydney.

          The only way they can play no finals in Canberra is if they come 3rd or 4th and beat the 2nd or 1st placed team in the first week and then go straight to a prelim whcih will be played in Sydney or Melbourne. If they win that they go into the GF played in Sydney. Clear as mud?

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