: NRL Round 3 - Cronulla Sharks v Manly Sea Eagles at Toyota Stadium monday 19th of March 2012. Digital Image by Grant Trouville © nrlphotos.com

By Jeff Petersen

Saturday night beckons us with another ‘Battle of the Beaches’ storm brewing, this time in the direction of Remondis Stadium.

The Manly side, still getting the mud out of their ears after their win over the Bulldogs in Round 13, come with a points-poaching agenda that the Sharks will attempt to nullify and grind out a positive outcome.

After agonising over not scoring in 189 minutes of football - the first time in Sharks history they have been held scoreless in back-to-back games - its time for us to clip the wings of the Sea Eagles and post some much needed points.

Previous encounters show that these matches are tighter in scoreline than previously revealed, with 43 of the 83 meetings won by a margin of 10 points or less. The Sharks/Sea Eagles file has a Remondis Stadium record slightly in favour of the Manly boys by 3 games, but we nudge ahead of them in points scored.

This will be our 34th meeting at the Sharks home ground, with both teams averaging 19 points for this home fixture. Between 1987 and 2006 the Sharks had notched up an impressive run of 10 home games against Manly without defeat, since then recent results have shown five Manly wins here in the last six.

Some significant Club Records have also come out of these titanic tussles. Obviously the two Grand Finals appearances in ’73 and ’78 stand out clear and proud, however other records are the Sharks Biggest Ever Win; 68-6 in Round 24, August 21st, 2005.

This match also delivered the Biggest Winning Margin in a Game (62pts); the Most Total Team Tries in a Game for the Sharks (12 tries) and equalled the Most Goals in a Game (10 goals), registered by one of our most prolific points scorers in Luke Covell.    

Our last home game against Manly in Round 3, 2012 saw Cronulla escape with a hard-fought 17-14 win. This Monday night game played on March 19th saw a lightning start for the Sharks, leading 17-0 at halftime, only for Manly to rally in the second half.  

The Cronulla line-up that day: 1.Fullback: Nathan Gardner; 2.Wing: Stewart Mills, 3.Centre: Ben Pomeroy, 4.Centre: Colin Best, 5.Wing: John Williams; 6.Five-Eighth: Todd Carney, 7.Halfback: Jeff Robson; 15.Lock: Wade Graham, 12.Second Row: Jayson Bukuya, 11.Second Row: Jeremy Smith, 10.Front Row: Ben Ross, 9.Hooker: Isaac De Gois, 13.Front Row: Paul Gallen (Captain). Interchange: 14.Andrew Fifita, 16.John Morris, 17.Anthony Tupou, 19.Sam Tagataese.

To the victor goes the Steve Rogers Trophy and two important Premiership points.

Go Sharks!

SHARKS / Sea Eagles – BY THE NUMBERS 

SHARKS RECORD @ HOME (1967-2014)

All-Time Record: Played 83 Won 23 Drawn 2 Lost 58 Points For 1,263 Points Against 1,756

Total Record at Remondis: Played 33 Won 15 Drawn 0 Lost 18 Points For 637 Points Against 630

Record at Sutherland Oval (Rd 19 July 30, 1967): Played 1 Won 0 Drawn 0 Lost 1 Points For 7 Points Against 27

Sharks Form in Last 5 Home Games vs Sea Eagles: Won 17-14 (Rd 03 2012) Loss 13-19 (Rd 05 2011) Loss 18-48 (Rd 19 2010) Loss 26-32 (Rd 19 2009) Loss 6-34 (Rd 18 2008)

Sharks Form in Last 5 Games vs Sea Eagles: Loss 4-24 (Rd 06 2014 at Brookvale Oval) Loss 18-24 (Semi Final 2013 at Allianz Stadium) Loss 18-25 (Rd 06 2013 at Brookvale Oval) Won 17-14 (Rd 03 2012 at Sharks Stadium) Loss 13-19 (Rd 05 2011 at Toyota Stadium)

Sharks First Game vs Sea Eagles at Remondis: Rd 21 August 18, 1968 (Lost 5-32) Sharks Scorers: Terry Hughes try and one goal Att: 7,790

Sharks First Win vs Sea Eagles at Remondis: Rd 07 May 01, 1977 (Won 11-5) Sharks Scorers: Rick Bourke try; Steve Rogers 4 goals Att: 10,555

 Sharks Last Win (& Last Game) vs Sea Eagles at Remondis: Rd 03 March 19, 2012 (Won 17-14) Sharks Scorers: Jayson Bukuya, Nathan Gardner, Ben Pomeroy tries; Todd 2 goals from 3 attempts; Todd Carney field goal Att: 8,652            

Sharks Biggest Win vs Sea Eagles at Remondis: 68-6 Rd 24 August 21, 2005 (62pts margin) Sharks Scorers: Brett Kimmorley 3, Nigel Vagana 3, Beau Scott 2, Paul Gallen, Matt Hilder, Paul Mellor, Jason Stevens tries; Luke Covell 10 goals Att: 13,325

Sharks Heaviest Defeat vs Sea Eagles at Remondis: 18-48 Rd 19 July 17, 2010 (30pts margin)

Sharks Best Home Attendance vs Sea Eagles: 20,168 Rd 05 April 09, 1994

Sharks Home Attendance Average vs Sea Eagles: 10,393

Sharks Home Points Average Per Game vs Sea Eagles: 19.3pts

Most Points Scored by the Sharks vs Sea Eagles at Remondis: (68pts) 68-6 Rd 24 August 21, 2005

Most Aggregate Points Scored in a Game vs Sea Eagles at Remondis: (74pts) 68-6 Rd 24 August 21, 2005

Most Sharks Points Conceded vs Sea Eagles at Remondis: (48pts) 18-48 Rd 19 July 17, 2010

Most Total Points Scored by a Sharks Player vs Sea Eagles at Remondis: (52pts) by Steve Rogers, (2 tries 23 goals)

Most Sharks Player Points Scored in a Game vs Sea Eagles at Remondis: (20pts) by Luke Covell, (10 goals), Rd 24 August 21, 2005

Most Tries Scored in a Game vs Sea Eagles at Remondis: (3 tries) by Andrew Ettingshausen, Rd 05 April 09, 1994; (3 tries) by Brett Kimmorley & (3 tries) by Nigel Vagana, Rd 24, August 21, 2005

Most Goals Scored in a Game vs Sea Eagles at Remondis: (10 goals) by Luke Covell, Rd 24 August 21, 2005

Most Sharks Team Tries Scored in a Game vs Sea Eagles at Remondis: (12 tries) Rd 24 August 21, 2005 (Won 68-6) Sharks Scorers: Brett Kimmorley 3, Nigel Vagana 3, Beau Scott 2, Paul Gallen, Matt Hilder, Paul Mellor, Jason Stevens tries; Luke Covell 10 goals Att: 13,325

Total Try Scorers for the Sharks vs Sea Eagles at Remondis: (104 Tries, 67 Try Scorers) Brett Kimmorley 6; Andrew Ettingshausen 4; David Peachey 4; Paul Gallen 4; Mick Mullane 3; David Hatch 3; Matt Hilder 3; Nigel Vagana 3; Ben Pomeroy 3; Steve Rogers 2; Dave Chamberlin 2; Greg Mullane 2; Rick Bourke 2; Kurt Sorensen 2; Jonathan Docking 2; Michael Speechley 2; Lindsay Bowne 2; Glenn Coleman 2; Beau Scott 2; Greg Bird 2; Matthew Wright 2; Nathan Gardner 2; Terry Hughes 1; Tommy Bishop 1; Ray Corcoran 1; Greg Allen 1; Ken Maddison 1; Fred Dennehy 1; Chris Wellman 1; Eric Archer 1; Glen Stolzenheim 1; Gary Stares 1; Gary Cameron 1; Steve Hansard 1; Dane Sorensen 1; Rowland Beckett 1; George Moroko 1; John O’Connor 1; Dean Carney 1; Mark McGaw 1; Greg Nixon 1; Ron Quinn 1; Sean Watson 1; Barry Russell 1; Robbie Kearns 1; Richie Barnett 1; Andrew Pierce 1; Adam Dykes 1; Colin Best 1; Shannon Donato 1; Nick Graham 1; Brett Howland 1; Sean Ryan 1; Phil Bailey 1; Jye Mullane 1; Matthew Rieck 1; Ryan McGoldrick 1; Paul Mellor 1; Jason Stevens 1; Fraser Anderson 1; Henry Perenara 1; Reece Williams 1; Luke Covell 1; Blake Ferguson 1; Josh Cordoba 1; Stuart Flanagan 1; Jayson Bukuya 1; 

Total Goal Scorers for the Sharks vs Sea Eagles at Remondis: (107 Goals, 19 Goal Scorers) Steve Rogers 23; Luke Covell 17; Barry Andrews 13; Brett Kimmorley 8; Dean Carney 5; Brett Seymour 5; Gordon Abercrombie 4; Dane Sorensen 4; Tony Armstrong 4; Blaine Stanley 4; Sean Watson 3; Arthur Pappas 3; Eion Crossan 3; George Taylforth 2; Lindsay Bowne 2; Mat Rogers 2; John Williams 2; Todd Carney 2; Terry Hughes 1.

Total Field Goal Scorers for the Sharks vs Sea Eagles at Remondis: (4 Field Goals, 4 Field Goal Scorers) Alan Wilson (1 in 1989); Brett Kimmorley (1 in 2006); Wade Graham (1 in 2011); Todd Carney (1 in 2012).

All-Time Total Try Scorers for the Sharks vs Sea Eagles: (215 Tries, 108 Try Scorers) Andrew Ettingshausen 9; Greg Mullane 7; Rick Bourke 6; Mick Mullane 6; Paul Gallen 6; Brett Kimmorley 6; Steve Rogers 5; Kurt Sorensen 5; Jonathan Docking 5; Richie Barnett 5; David Peachey 5; Nigel Vagana 5; Ray Corcoran 4; Fred Dennehy 4; Dave Chamberlin 3; Steve Edmonds 3; Gary Cameron 3; David Hatch 3; Dean Carney 3; Glenn Coleman 3; Robbie Kearns 3; Matt Hilder 3; Phil Bailey 3; Greg Bird 3; Luke Covell 3; Ben Pomeroy 3; Peter O’Brien 2; John Maguire 2; Bob Wear 2; Eric Archer 2; Rowland Beckett 2; Dane Sorensen 2; Mark McGaw 2; Alan Wilson 2; Michael Speechley 2; Les Davidson 2; Lindsay Bowne 2; Mitch Healey 2; Adam Dykes 2; David Simmons 2; Beau Scott 2; Matthew Wright 2; Grant Millington 2; Nathan Gardner 2; Nathan Stapleton 2; Dennis Hewett 1; Warren Ryan 1; Ray Westwood 1; Terry Hughes 1; Tommy Bishop 1; John Taper 1; Greg Allen 1; Ken Maddison 1; Chris Wellman 1; Barry Andrews 1; Eric Archer 1; Glen Stolzenhein 1; Martin Raftery 1; Gary Stares 1; Chris Gardner 1; Steve Hansard 1; John Berne 1; Ian Forrest 1; Jim See 1; George Moroko 1; John O’Connor 1; Craig Dimond 1; Phil Dotti 1; Michael Porter 1; Greg Nixon 1; Ron Quinn 1; Sean Watson 1; Barry Russell 1; Darren Higgins 1; Gary Lester 1; Andrew Pierce 1; Mat Rogers 1; Paul Green 1; Tim Maddison 1; Colin Best 1; Shannon Donato 1; Nick Graham 1; Brett Howland 1; Sean Ryan 1; Jye Mullane 1; Matthew Rieck 1; Andrew Emelio 1; Michael Sullivan 1; Ryan McGoldrick 1; Russell Aitken 1; Paul Mellor 1; Jason Stevens 1; Darren Albert 1; Fraser Anderson 1; Henry Perenara 1; Reece Williams 1; Bryson Goodwin 1; Brett Kearney 1; Blake Ferguson 1; Tim Smith 1; Josh Cordoba 1; Stuart Flanagan 1; Jayson Bukuya 1; Stewart Mills 1; Michael Gordon 1; Andrew Fifita 1; Jonathan Wright 1; Wade Graham 1.            

All-Time Goal Scorers for the Sharks vs Sea Eagles: (234 Goals, 30 Goal Scorers) Steve Rogers 53; Luke Covell 33; Barry Andrews 20; Brett Kimmorley 11; Dane Sorensen 10; Dean Carney 10; Terry Hughes 9; Mitch Healey 8; Tony Armstrong 7; Sean Watson 7; George Taylforth 6; Dave Cotter 5; Greg Carberry 5; Brett Seymour 5; Michael Gordon 5; Gordon Abercrombie 4; Eion Crossan 4; Mat Rogers 4; Blaine Stanley 4; Eric Archer 3; Alan Wilson 3; Arthur Pappas 3; Jarrad Anderson 3; Matthew Corkery 2; Lindsay Bowne 2; Nathan Stapleton 2; John Williams 2; Todd Carney 2; Kurt Wrigley 1; Chad Townsend 1.    

All-Time Field Goal Scorers for the Sharks vs Sea Eagles: (6 Field Goals, 6 Field Goal Scorers) Terry Hughes (1 in 1969); Alan Wilson (1 in 1989); Mitch Healey (1 in 1995); Brett Kimmorley (1 in 2006); Wade Graham (1 in 2011); Todd Carney (1 in 2012).