The NYC Sharks needed to turn around their form and do it quickly after a heavy loss the previous week and that’s exactly what they managed to do in beating the New Zealand Warriors 32-26 at Remondis Stadium.
Showing a greater commitment in defense the Sharks battled back from an early deficit and were never headed, with the final scoreline flattering the visiting Warriors team.
After a fortunate Warrior try following a kick rebound in the opening minutes the Sharks played strongly for the remainder of the first half, with fullback Valentine Holmes leading the way.
Holmes scored the Sharks second from close range, then their third as well following a sizzling run through the middle of the Warrior ruck from 40 metres out.
With two goals from Holmes and the early try to winger Dallas Wells the Sharks had a handy 16-4 advantage until a New Zealand touchdown on the stroke of half time sent the teams to the break with the home team ahead 16-10.
The Sharks extended their lead when Josh Addo-Carr showed tremendous pace to dash away following a clever Holmes off-load, then went further ahead split the defense and sent Sage Wilder on a 20 metre run to the line.
Both tries were converted and the Sharks led 26-10.
The Warriors struck page when winger Metia Lisati crossed for the second of three tries he would score on the day, before the Sharks would put the result beyond doubt following a Taylar Garrett four pointer and Holmes conversion.
The Sharks them took their foot of the pedal to a degree, a couple of late New Zealand tries bridging the gap, a try in the final seconds completing the scoring.
The Cronulla team was well served by Holmes and Brown however the star pairing had a number of willing helpers.
In the forwards Kurt Dillon stiffened up the middle of the ruck, while newcomer Jake Lawrence was solid in the back row.
The Sharks move to six points on the ladder.
Valentine Holmes 2, Dallas Wells, Taylar Garrett, Josh Addo-Carr, Sage Wilder tries, Holmes 4 goals
Metia Lisati 3, Braxton Stanley, Michael Ki tries, Mason Lino 3 goals