Balmain Ryde Eastwood v Cronulla

Slick Sharks too good for Tiger combine

March 10  2012

by Jodie Newell

The Tigers and the Sharks were at it again within a space of a week at Leichhardt Oval in round 2 of the VB NSW Cup.

Unlike the exciting golden point finish, the Cronulla Sharks dominated throughout the match and were convincing winners.

In sunny and mild conditions at Leichhardt, both sides began the game with several handling errors. The Sharks quickly moved into another gear and opened the scoring thanks to a diving try from hooker Jeff Robson.

Sisa Waqa and Ricky Leutele followed up with successive tries and the Sharks opened up a 12-0 lead over the Tigers. It could have been a greater margin had kicker Chad Townsend been more accurate. The “Lolly Legs” chant from the Tigers fans was certainly working.

Cronulla were playing all over the Tigers. Matthew Wright chimed in for another try and the Sharks increased their advantage to 16-0. Another try quickly followed with Tyrone Peachey skipping through the Balmain defence. Thankfully the half ended quickly for the Tigers who went to the sheds 22-0 in arrears.

The second half began better for Balmain who began to apply themselves in attack and defence. Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens who was in attendance would surely be pencilling in Balmain winger John Grant for possible 1st grade duties. Grant made a superb tackle to stop an almost certain Cronulla try.

With deceptive pace, the tall Grant made up yards in seconds. The former Union player from Eastwood looked the goods scoring a try later in the half. He definitely is worth keeping an eye on.

The Tigers would score 18 points in the half, but whenever they threatened, Cronulla simply moved up a gear and answered with points. They ended up winning comfortably 38-18.

Sharks coach Tony Herman was well pleased with his team’s effort “I think it was a good effort from the guys. We started strong and they (Balmain) came back at us pretty strong. We came back again and I think it was a good victory for us”. Coach Herman said the most satisfying part of the game was the way the team tested itself “I was pleased how we put ourselves under a bit of pressure after we started strong. They scored 12 points against us, yet once we went back to what we know and went back to what we set ourselves to do, we took it home”.

He was also pleased with the efforts of his younger players such as Tyrone Peachey “Yeah these guys are enthusiastic and with that you are going to get a bit of ball turnover, a bit of youthful exuberance in where they are going to toss the footy around and get a few errors.

“Once they knew they had made errors they corrected themselves and it was pretty pleasing to come away with the two points,” said Herman.

Final score:  Cronulla Sharks 38 defeated Balmain Ryde Eastwood 18

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Tigers half-back Nathan Waters, Marc Russell (left) and Matt Bell