You have skipped the navigation, tab for page content
Tinirau Arona hit by Falloon : NRL Rugby League - Round 1 Cronulla Sharks V Te Gold Coast Titans at Remondis Stadium Monday the 10th of March 2014 . Digital Image by Grant Trouville ©

The late withdrawal of skipper Paul Gallen was a major setback but in the end the match went right down to the wire, with the Sharks beaten 16-12 by the New Zealand Warriors.  

Already without Luke Lewis, Wade Graham and a handful of others from their  NRL squad, Gallen was forced out on the morning of the match with a severe flu virus, making the task even tougher against a team desperate for the two competition points to stay in the race for a finals berth.

However despite the odds being stacked against them in one of their gutsiest performances of the 2014 season the Sharks battled back from a 16-6 half time deficit to almost steal a win. 

Had hooker Pat Polotini been able to find Michael Gordon in support after dashing downfield with just five minutes of the match remaining it could have been a different result for a desperately unlucky Sharks side.

The Warriors were first to score through young centre Ngani Laumape but it was the Sharks who would respond, Tinirau Arona diving on the loose ball after a goal line scramble for the football to level the score at 6-all 15 minutes into the match.

The rest of the first half saw two more Warriors tries, a second to Laumape and a barge over touchdown to veteran winger Manu Vatuvei which sent the home team to the break 16-6 in front.

Sosaia Feki out-jumped his opposite number to pull the Sharks back within four points at 16-12 down following the Gordon conversion and it was anyone’s match with plenty of time left on the clock.

The Sharks would defend grimly, create a couple of opportunities including the Politoni line break in the 75th minute, however it wasn’t to be for a Sharks side that fought hard throughout.

Compounding the Sharks problems were ankle and arm injuries suffered by Andrew Fifita, with the Cronulla side facing another tough road trip next weekend when they travel to Melbourne to face the Storm.

Sosaia Feki, Tinirau Arona tries, Michael Gordon 2 goals.

Lost to

Ngani Laumape, Manu Vatuvei tries, Chad Townsend 2 goals


Acknowledgement of Country

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

Premier Partner

Major Partners

View All Partners