Photo by Colin Whelan copyright © nrlphotos.com :                               NRL Rugby League, Round 15 Cronulla Sutherland Sharks v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Cronulla, Saturday June 21st 2014

By Jeff Petersen

The Sharks aim to make it four wins in a row as they take on the Manly Sea Eagles on Sunday afternoon at Brookvale.

Many fans have tagged the boys “the comeback kings” and rightly so, after yet another superb effort last week away to the Cowboys.

Meanwhile all eyes will be focused on the Battle of the Beaches clash this weekend with both teams having different agendas. Cronulla are pushing to consolidate a position in the top eight, while Manly continue their struggles to get out of what for them is an unprecedented slump.

Earlier encounters show that these are tighter in score line than previously revealed, with 43 of the 84 meetings won by a margin of 10 points or less. The Sharks/Sea Eagles dossier has our record at Brookvale at five wins and a draw from 37 starts since 1967, however despite the overwhelming stat, the Sharks current form has them confident they can prevail.

Many significant Club Records have also come out of these attack-driven games. Clearly the two Grand Finals appearances in 1973 and 1978 stand out prominently. Other proud 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 equalling the Most Goals in a Game (10 goals), scored by one of our most prolific points scorers of all time in Luke Covell.

Last time they met at Brookvale: Sunday, April 13, 2014 Round 06. 3:00pm.

Manly-Warringah 24 (Steve Matai 2, Peter Hiku, Brenton Lawrence, Jorge Taufua tries; Jamie Lyon 2 goals from 5 attempts) Cronulla-Sutherland 4 (Wade Graham try; Michael Gordon no goal from one attempt)

Sea Eagles: 1.Fullback Brett Stewart; 2.Wing Peter Hiku, 3.Centre Jamie Lyon (Captain), 4.Centre Steve Matai, 21.Wing Jorge Taufua; 6.Five-Eighth Kieran Foran, 7.Halfback Daly Cherry-Evans; 13.Lock Glenn Stewart, 12.Second Row Justin Horo, 11.Second Row Anthony Watmough, 10.Front Row Brenton Lawrence, 9.Hooker Matt Ballin, 8.Front Row Josh Starling. Interchange: 14.James Hasson, 15.Dunamis Lui, 16.Jamie Buhrer, 18.Jesse Sene-Lefao.

Sharks: 1.Fullback Michael Gordon; 2.Wing Nathan Stapleton, 3.Centre Blake Ayshford, 4.Centre Ricky Leutele, 19.Wing Sosaia Feki; 6.Five-Eighth Todd Carney, 7.Halfback Jeff Robson; 15.Lock Tinirau Arona, 12.Second Row Wade Graham (Captain), 11.Second Row Tupou Sopoaga, 10.Front Row Bryce Gibbs, 9.Hooker John Morris, 8.Front Row Andrew Fifita. Interchange: 13.Chris Heighington, 14.Isaac De Gois, 16.Sam Tagataese, 17.Siosaia Vave.

Half-time: Sea Eagles 20-0. Scrums: 14-all. Penalties: Sharks 7-4. Crowd: 9,065.

Referees: Gavin Badger & Adam Devcich.

Sea Eagles Coach: Geoff Toovey. Sharks Coach: Peter Sharp.

Our previous meeting at Remondis: Saturday, June 21, 2014 Round 15. 7:30pm.

Manly-Warringah 26 (Tom Symonds 2, Justin Horo, Jamie Lyon, Steve Matai tries; Jamie Lyon 3 goals from 5 attempts) Cronulla-Sutherland 0

Sharks: 1.Fullback Nathan Gardner; 2.Wing Sosaia Feki, 3.Centre Blake Ayshford, 19.Centre Ricky Leutele, 5.Wing Michael Gordon; 6.Five-Eighth Todd Carney, 14.Halfback Fa’amanu Brown; 13.Lock Paul Gallen (Captain), 12.Second Row Wade Graham, 16.Second Row Anthony Tupou, 10.Front Row Bryce Gibbs, 9.Hooker Michael Lichaa, 17.Front Row Sam Tagataese. Interchange: 8.Siosaia Vave, 11.Luke Lewis, 18.Tinirau Arona, 21.Tupou Sopoaga.

Sea Eagles: 1.Fullback Brett Stewart; 2.Wing Jorge Taufua, 3.Centre Jamie Lyon (Captain), 4.Centre Steve Matai, 5.Wing Peter Hiku; 6.Five-Eighth Kieran Foran, 7.Halfback Daly Cherry-Evans; 13.Lock Jamie Buhrer; 12.Second Row Justin Horo, 15.Second Row Dunamis Lui, 10.Front Row Brenton Lawrence, 9.Hooker Matt Ballin, 8.Front Row Josh Starling. Interchange: 14.Jesse Sene-Lefao, 16.Tom Symonds, 17.Jason King, 18.James Hasson.

Half-time: Sea Eagles 16-0. Scrums: Sea Eagles 11-6. Penalties: 6-all. Crowd: 13,383.

Referees: Gavin Morris & Gavin Reynolds.

Sharks Coach: Peter Sharp. Sea Eagles Coach: Geoff Toovey.

SHARKS FACT: Cronulla’s 68-6 victory over Manly in Rd 24, 2005 still stands as the Club’s Biggest Victory to deliver Manly their Biggest Ever Loss since they entered the competition in 1947. The result surpassed the Sea Eagles disaster at Penrith by 72-12 the previous year.

Go Sharks!

SHARKS / Sea Eagles – BY THE NUMBERS

OUR AWAY RECORD (1967-2015)

Sharks All-Time Record v Sea Eagles: Played 84 Won 23 Drawn 2 Lost 59 Points For - 1,263 Points Against - 1,782

Sharks Away Record v Sea Eagles at Brookvale: Played 37 Won 5 Drawn 1 Lost 31 Points For - 509 Points Against - 919

Sharks Away Record v Sea Eagles at Sydney Sports Ground: Played 1 Won 1 Drawn 0 Lost 0 Points For - 7 Points Against - 0

Sharks Away Record v Sea Eagles at Sydney Cricket Ground: Played 7 Won 2 Drawn 1 Lost 4 Points For - 59 Points Against - 82

Sharks Away Record v Sea Eagles at WACA (Perth): Played 1 Won 0 Drawn 0 Lost 1 Points For - 6 Points Against - 26

Sharks Away Record v Sea Eagles at Allianz Stadium: Played 3 Won 0 Drawn 0 Lost 3 Points For 38 Points Against 72

Sharks Form in Last 5 Away Games v Sea Eagles at Brookvale: Loss 4-24 (Rd 06 2014) Loss 18-25 (Rd 06 2013) Loss 12-40 (Rd 05 2010) Loss 16-18 (Rd 25 2009) Won 16-10 (Rd 01 2008)

Sharks Form in Last 5 Games v Sea Eagles: Loss 0-26 (Rd 15 2014 at Remondis Stadium) 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)

Sharks First-Ever Game v Sea Eagles: Rd 08 at Brookvale Oval, May 14, 1967 (Loss 5-39) Sharks Scorers: Dennis Hewett try; Terry Hughes goal Att: 6,726

Sharks First Away Win v Sea Eagles: Rd 08 at Sydney Sports Ground, May 15, 1971 (Won 7-0) Sharks Scorers: Peter O’Brien try; Dave Cotter 2 goals Att: 7,491

Sharks First & Biggest Away Win v Sea Eagles at Brookvale: Rd 10, June 02, 1974 (Won 27-18) Sharks Scorers: Ray Corcoran 2, Eric Archer, Dave Chamberlin, Fred Dennehy, John Maguire, Bob Wear tries; Eric Archer 3 goals Att: 8,860 (19pts margin)

Sharks Heaviest Away Defeat v Sea Eagles at Brookvale: Loss 5-39, Rd 08, May 14, 1967 (34pts margin)

Sharks Best Away Attendance v Sea Eagles at Brookvale: 18,045, Rd 18 July 28, 1995 (Won 17-10)

Sharks Attendance Average v Sea Eagles at Brookvale: 11,048

Sharks Points Average Per Game v Sea Eagles at Brookvale: 13.8pts

Most Points Scored by the Sharks v Sea Eagles at Brookvale: (30pts) Loss 30-44, Rd 21 July 26, 1988 & (30pts) Won 30-28, Rd 11 May 23, 2004

Most Aggregate Points Scored v Sea Eagles at Brookvale: (74pts) Loss 30-44, Rd 10 May 07, 1988

Most Points Conceded Away v Sea Eagles at Brookvale: (50pts) Loss 14-50, Rd 06 April 15, 1984

Most Total Points Scored by a Sharks Player v Sea Eagles at Brookvale: (30 pts) by Luke Covell, (1 try, 13 goals)

Most Points Scored by a Sharks Player in a Game v Sea Eagles at Brookvale: (12pts) by Andrew Ettingshausen (3 tries) Rd 10, May 07, 1988 & (12pts) by Luke Covell (1 try, 4 goals) Rd 25 August 30, 2009

Most Tries Scored v Sea Eagles at Brookvale: (3 tries) by Andrew Ettinghausen, Rd 10, May 07, 1988

Most Goals Scored in a Game v Sea Eagles at Brookvale: (5 goals) by Greg Carberry, Rd 14, June 30, 1991 (Draw 22-all)

Most Sharks Team Tries Scored v Sea Eagles at Brookvale: (7 tries) Rd 10, June 02, 1974 (Won 27-18) Sharks Scorers: Ray Corcoran 2, Eric Archer, Dave Chamberlin, Fred Dennehy, John Maguire, Bob Wear tries; Eric Archer 3 goals Att: 8,860

Total Try Scorers for the Sharks v Sea Eagles at Brookvale: (104 Tries, 57 Try Scorers) Andrew Ettingshausen 4; Ray Corcoran 3; Fred Dennehy 3; Greg Mullane 3; Rick Bourke 3; Kurt Sorensen 3; Jonathan Docking 3; Richie Barnett 3; Bob Wear 2; Mick Mullane 2; Dean Carney 2; Alan Wilson 2; Les Davidson 2; Mitch Healey 2; Paul Gallen 2; Phil Bailey 2; Grant Millington 2; Nathan Stapleton 2; Dennis Hewett 1; Ray Westwood 1; John Taper 1; John Maguire 1; Eric Archer 1; Dave Chamberlin 1; John Maguire 1; Barry Andrews 1; Steve Edmonds 1; Martin Raftery 1; Gary Cameron 1; John Berne 1; Ian Forrest 1; Steve Rogers 1; Jim See 1; Mark McGaw 1; Craig Dimond 1; Phil Dotti 1; Michael Porter 1; Dane Sorensen 1; Glenn Coleman 1; Darren Higgins 1; Gary Lester 1; Mat Rogers 1; Tim Maddison 1; Greg Bird 1; Andrew Emelio 1; Michael Sullivan 1; David Peachey 1; David Simmons 1; Nigel Vagana 1; Darren Albert 1; Adam Dykes 1; Bryson Goodwin 1; Brett Kearney 1; Luke Covell 1; Tim Smith 1; Stewart Mills 1; Wade Graham 1.

Total Goal Scorers for the Sharks v Sea Eagles at Brookvale: (93 Goals, 23 Goal Scorers) Luke Covell 13; Steve Rogers 11; Barry Andrews 7; Terry Hughes 6; Dane Sorensen 6; Dean Carney 5; Greg Carberry 5; George Taylforth 4; Sean Watson 4; Dave Cotter 3; Eric Archer 3; Tony Armstrong 3; Alan Wilson 3; Mitch Healey 3; Jarrad Anderson 3; Brett Kimmorley 3; Matthew Corkery 2; Mat Rogers 2; Nathan Stapleton 2; Michael Gordon 2; Kurt Wrigley 1; Eion Crossan 1; Chad Townsend 1.

Total Field Goal Scorers for the Sharks v Sea Eagles at Brookvale: (2 Field Goal Scorers) Terry Hughes (1 in 1969); Mitch Healey (1 in 1995).

Total Scorers for the Sharks v Sea Eagles at SSG: (1 try, 2 goals) Peter O’Brien try; Dave Cotter 2 goals.

Total Scorers for the Sharks v Sea Eagles at SCG: (7 Tries, 15 goals) Steve Rogers 2; Peter O’Brien 1; Rick Bourke 1; Eric Archer 1; Mick Mullane 1; Steve Edmonds tries; Steve Rogers 15 goals.

Total Scorers for the Sharks v Sea Eagles at WACA: (1 try, 1 goal) Robbie Kearns try; Mitch Healey goal.

Total Scorers for the Sharks v Sea Eagles at Allianz: (6 Tries, 7 goals) Richie Barnett 1; Andrew Ettingshausen 1; Paul Green 1; Michael Gordon 1; Andrew Fifita 1; Jonathan Wright tries; Mitch Healey 4 goals; Michael Gordon 3 goals.

All-Time Total Try Scorers for the Sharks v 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 v 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 v 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).

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