The Sharks defense of the NSW Cup title is well and truly under pressure after going down to the Wyong Roos in their round 23 match at Remondis Stadium.
Coming into the game in eighth place and taking on one of their closest pursuers, the Sharks slumped to a 24-6 loss to the Roos to now be equal on the competition ladder with the Central Coast team with just two rounds of the regular season remaining.
On a frustrating day the Sharks never managed to get out of second gear, poor ball control and a lack of discipline costing them dearly.
Luckily for the Sharks in the first 40 minutes their opponents were only marginally better and in going to the break down by just 10-4 the Cronulla side harboured hopes of a second half resurgence.
Melbourne’s Kurt Mann was the Sharks try scorer, with Daniel Holdsworth kicking the conversion.
However a comeback never eventuated, with coach Ton Herman’s half time instructions seemingly falling on deaf ears. The Sharks were equally disappointing in the second stanza as the Roos would score three more tries, one of them converted, in scoring what was a well deserved win.
The Sharks now go on to play what will be a must-win game against the North Sydney Bears next weekend in a bid to keep their finals aspirations alive.
Kurt Mann try, Daniel Holdsworth goal
WYONG ROOS 24