Match Report: Cronulla Sharks 37-6 New Zealand Warriors

In a Nutshell
Sharks winger Nathan Stapleton scored four tries as the Sharks defeated a disappointing Warriors side to gain their first win of the NRL season.

How it unfolded
Although Stapleton scored 16 points, the stars of the show were the Sharks’ halfbacks Todd Carney and Jeff Robson, who led their side brilliantly around the field, despite the continuing absence of Paul Gallen.

Stapleton opened the scoring after ten minutes with some spectacular Sharks passing, and Tinirau Arona extended their lead seven minutes later, with Michael Gordon adding his first goal. Sam Tagateese extended their lead with a short-range effort, with Gorden converting again, giving the Sharks a 16-0 half-time lead.

In the second half they added three more tries from Stapleton and one from Blake Ayshford, while Carney added a field-goal. The Warriors finally scored a consolation try from Manu Vatuvei, which was goaled by Shaun Johnson

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