NYC Match Report - Sharks v Roosters
The Sharks battled away hung in for long periods but in the end run weren’t quite good enough as they went down to the Roosters by 34-16 at Allianz Stadium.
It was a match they were never really in control of however they kept close enough to give themselves hope of a comeback victory until two late Rooster tries sealed the result.
The match began with the Roosters on the front foot, with the home team posting first points in the 12th minute of the match when winger Paul Momirovski exploited an overlap to score wide out.
The conversion was missed however the Roosters had jumped out to a 4-0 lead.
The second score also went to the home team and again it came about down the edge of the field, this time it was opposite winger Jack Goodsell going over in the corner.
The Sharks responded and as it has been the case in recent weeks, the points came about through the left hand side combination of Anthony Moraitis and Josh Addo-Carr.
Taking the ball to the line Moraitis slipped a clever one handed pass, putting Addo-Carr into space for the winger to touch down.
Jamayne Isaako was wide with his conversion attempt but the Sharks were on the board at 8-4 behind.
The Roosters built on there lead when they again exploited some ordinary Sharks defense out wide and would take a 14-6 advantage to the half time break.
The second half began exactly how coach Dave Howlett would have planned it, when Moraitis again put Addo-Carr into space, with the winger showing exceptional pace in sprinting 65 metres to touch down under the upright.
Isaako added the extras and at 16-10 to the Roosters it was game on.
The Roosters then managed to cross for two tries in a short space of time to make it 24-10, before Sage Wilder showed great determination to barge over from close range.
Unfortunately that would be as close as the Sharks would get, two more Rooster tries in the dying minutes, the last after the full time siren, seeing the final score blow out to 34-16.
Again the Sharks had a number of willing performers but lapses in concentration and some sloppy defense on occasions once more proved to be their downfall.
The Sharks remain on 11 competition points with the Roosters consolidating their position inside the top eight with the victory.
Josh Addo-Carr 2, Sage Wilder tries, Jamayne Isaako 2 goals
Taane Milne 2, Paul Momirovski, Jack Goodsell, Jokatama Dokonivalu, Grant Garvey tries Jackson Hastings 5 goals
Sharks team list
4. Jamayne Isaako
19. Finaly Dibley
3. Paul Simona
11. Anthony Moraitis
5. Josh Addo-Carr
6. Jaden Clarke
7. Alex Zarounas
8. Kurt Dillon
9. Bradley Deitz
23. Jake Goodwin
20. Patrice Siolo
12. Jake Lawrence
16. Harrison Muller
10. Alec Susino
15. Sage Wilder
17. Kalausa Leha
21. Tuli Leota