Sharks thump Knights in 11-try rout

The Sharks have recorded a 62 points to nil win over the Knights in Newcastle, equalling a Club record winning margin set way back in 2005.

The 11-tries-to-none rout was highlighted by a four-try effort produced by winger Valentine Holmes - the 20-year-old sensation bagging a first half hat-trick before the side rounded out the emphatic win.

An indifferent start from the Sharks saw the Knights brought into the match early, but it was that man Holmes who went about getting the side underway with an acrobatic effort to score first.

Showing an eletric turn of foot, fullback Ben Barba nabbed the side's second before turning provider to see Holmes in for a double.

With the Sharks peppering the Knights' left-hand defence, soon the ball would swing the other way, with winger Sosaia Feki finishing off a well-worked backline move to extend the lead to 22 points.

Not to be outdone though, Holmes finished off his first-half treble with a trademark diving effort as the Sharks took a 28-0 lead to the sheds.

With a similar feel to the match as of that the first half seen against the Broncos in Round 9, Shane Flanagan emphasised at the break the necessity of going on with the job in the second period.

That, the Sharks did.

Holmes had his fourth of the afternoon just seven minutes upon the resumption, with plenty scrambling to check the record books as he edged within touching distance of a club-record five tries in one match.

Luke Lewis got in on the action soon after, as the backrower lept high to take possession from a James Maloney kick to score. 

Lewis went on to bag a double, while Feki soon scored both his second and third tries of the afternoon to complete the first hat-trick of his short career.

Wade Graham also finished with a try, as Maloney kicked nine from 11 to round out the 62 point margin. 

 

CRONULLA SHARKS - 62 
Tries: Holmes (4), Feki (3), Lewis (2), Barba, Graham | Goals: Maloney (9/11)

DEF. NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS - 0