The Sharks started 2020 with an 0-3 record, Bronson Xerri was banned for a drugs scandal, Andrew Fifita has been battling leg problems and before the Cowboys game, six Sharks players registers a temperature over the limit of 37 degrees, but on the second temperature test they all passed.
The Cowboys were missing Jason Taumalolo on Saturday but the Sharks have finally got a win on the board after beating Valentine Holmes’ Cowboys 26-16 after brilliant performances from Jesse Ramien and Ronaldo Mulitalo.
Jesse Ramien finished the game by scoring two tries, as well as registering one try assist, 162 run metres and no errors with winger Ronaldo Mulitalo also finishing with two tries, one try assist, 127 running metres and one error.
Shaun Johnson finally found some confidence by having three try assists next to his name along with 368 kicking metres and one error.
Debutant Siosifa Talakai played 19 minutes for the Sharks with 75 running metres, one tackle break and no errors conceded.
Cowboys winger Kyle Feldt finished the game off in fine fashion by bagging two tries, 175 running metres and one error.
The young halves combination of Jake Clifford and Scott Drinkwater looked good at times with both players have one try assist each and only one error between the both of them.
In the absence of Jason Taumalolo, who averages over 300 running metres, the Cowboys really needed a forward to step up in his shoes. But props Francis Molo and Jordan McLean only racked up 140-plus running metres.
The Cowboys had most of the possession with 54 per cent, which really shows that the Sharks’ defence was really good. The Cowboys made 17 errors, missed 28 tackles and had the most total sets of 41.
Josh McGuire was very good on Saturday night, making 38 tackles and running for 198 metres in 76 minutes of game time for the lock forward.
The Sharks have finally got a win on the board and have moved to 11th with a negative differential of minus eight, which is ahead of South Sydney and the Warriors, while the Cowboys still sit in the top eight with two wins and two losses but a positive points differential of 21.