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Unstoppable Sharks remain unbeaten

June 15 2013

Shark Park, Cronulla,

New South Wales

by Jodie Newell

The Cronulla Sharks have continued their unbeaten run in the  2013 VB NSW cup with a convincing 44-20 win against Wentworthville at Shark Park on Saturday. The result now takes Cronulla to 14 wins in a row and are firmly cemented to top spot of the competition.

The pre-game consensus was one of high expectation considering the character building week last week by Wenty over a tough Wests Tigers team and were expected to carry over that good form into the game. 

“We are just enjoying our footy, the guys are having a good time”

- Cronulla Sharks coach Tony Herman

Cronulla were starting without the services of injured key playmaker Chad Townsend who mid-week announced that he had signed a 2 year deal with the Warriors for next season. Tyrone Peachey who has been playing 1st grade football made his return to the Sharks NSW Cup team. Wentworthville featured Parramatta Eels first grader Jacob Loko who had been dropped from the senior team after failing to attend a training session earlier in the week.

The opening sets looked promising for Wenty who have been slow starters in 2013. The Magpies were switched on and began testing the Sharks defence. It took just under 3 minutes for Wenty to be on the board with an excellent run in try from Semi Radradra, the conversion taken by Brendan Waters was unsuccessful. Wenty 4 Sharks 0.

The first 5 minutes had a similar look of the Sharks v Vulcans fixture at Henson Park played earlier this year.The Vulcans hit the Sharks with everything and took an early lead, only to see Cronulla take total control and win convincingly. This game was no different. They were soon matching it when Slade Griffin found himself over the tryline, in front of the goals where Tony Gigot made light work of the extras. Sharks up 6-4.

Stuart Mills was the next to score for Cronulla, with Gigot again making the extras Cronulla increasing their lead 12-4.

The Sharks upped the ante by scoring again. This time it was Penani Manumaleallii who crafted a smart kick where Young Tonumaipea connected and another Cronulla try was created.16-4 Sharks. Cronulla had control of the game via slick passing and plenty of positive yardage.

Wentworthville simply had no answers as the rampaging Sharks would score two tries before the ending of the first half. The final try in particular was perfectly timed when Tony Gigot footed a well weighted kick to his far left corner where Daniel Moroko took a fine catch and slammed the ball into the Cronulla turf as the half time siren rang out.

To Wenty’s credit they gave a credible sight in the second half after being pounded in the first. Brendan Waters tried hard to create some drive for the Magpies. As did Jacob Loco, but were met with staunch defending by Cronulla led by Pat Politoni and Junior Roqica.

The best passage in the game came with two outstanding individual efforts by Cronulla players in Penani Manumaleallii and Kirisome Auva’a. Manumaleallii’s try was superb.He found a way to weave his way through several Wenty defenders and score a brilliant try. The next was from Kirisome Auva’a who basically said anything you can do I can do better. He dodged and avoided Wenty tackles before executing a clever side step then went forward into the try zone. These two plays typified the Sharks  current winning season in that the players are willing to chance their arm and have the courage to run and back themselves against the opposing defence.

The final ten minutes saw Wenty gain some consolation points and did not allow a complete Cronulla whitewash. For the Sharks it was another outstanding effort, taking their unbeaten streak to 14. They look unbeatable at present and don't look at all troubled by reasonable opposition. It’s very clear the lads from Cronulla are enjoying their rugby league immensely, with coach Tony Herman keen to keep the winning momentum going “We are just enjoying our footy, the guys are having a good time”.

Wenty can take some positives from the result. They didn't drop their heads when it seemed the Sharks would post a huge score.They kept plugging away and were able to post 20 points.

The next big test for Cronulla will come when they face an in-form Newtown Jets side at Henson Park in one of the the games of the season next Saturday afternoon. Wenty play Mounties away on Saturday.

Tyrone Peachey (with ball) was outstanding scoring 2 tries for the Sharks on Saturday

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Final score:  Cronulla Sharks 44 defeated Wentworthville Magpies 20

Tries: Sharks T Peachey 2, S Mills, Y Tonumaipea, K Auvaa, P Manumalealii, S Griffin, D Moroko

Tries: Wenty : N Smith 2, C MacKenzie, S Radradra

Conversions: Sharks :  T Gigot 5, M Wright

Conversions: Wenty : B Fritz 2

Referee: Tim Rutherford

Touch Judges :  Richard Daizli   Robert Bowen

At Shark Park

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