Match Report: Cronulla Sharks 18 Sydney Roosters 24

In a Nutshell

The Roosters won a tight encounter with two tries from Shaun Kenny-Dowall to get back into the winners’ circle against the desperate Sharks.

How it unfolded

Anthony Minichiello almost scored early on but failed to touch down properly before Ricky Leutele scored a brilliant solo try, beating several Roosters defenders, with Michael Gordon adding the conversion.

But the Roosters took the lead with two converted tries, with Boyd Cordner scoring from close range and James Maloney touching down after tremendous work from Kiwi winger Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. Maloney converted both tries to give the Roosters a 6-12 interval lead.

The Sharks were level soon after the interval, however, when Wade Graham went over for Gordon to add the conversion.

The Roosters thought they had taken the lead when Jared Waarea-Hargreaves touched down, but a knock-on was called. Shaun Kenny-Dowall scored soon afterwards, however, and Maloney’s conversion opened up a six-point gap again for the Roosters.

The Sharks equalised again through Sosaia Feki, in a try that came from a Sharks’ restart on their 20-metre line, with great work again from Leutele, and Gordon adding the goal.

But in a seesawing encounter the Roosters again moved six points clear when Kenny-Dowall scored his second and Maloney converted from wide out to seal the game.

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