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The Cronulla Sharks NYC side have defeated the Roosters 34-28 at Southern Cross Group Stadium.

The Roosters went out to an early lead through a try to Bernard Lewis in the left corner, when he crossed in the 2nd minute.

Jackson Hastings was unable to covert the try and the Roosters lead remained 4-0.

The Roosters scored a second try in quick succession after late inclusion Paul Momirovski went over to take the Roosters lead out to 8-0. Hastings converted to make the score 10-0 after five minutes.

It was the home side who would be next to score through the strong work of prop forward Daniel Vasquez who barged over adjacent to the uprights to get the home side back into the game.

Jack Williams converted the try to take the score to 10-6.

With both sides fighting for field position, the Roosters gained the upper hand and moved the ball wide to Lewis who crossed again with Hastings converting to make the score 16-6.

As the visitors began to control the game, the Sharks hit back with the run away try to Isaac Lemelume who went in under the posts. Jack Williams converted the try and the score went to 16-12.

The Sharks continued their strong fight back when close to the Roosters line, Jesse Savage drove over from close range and the Sharks would even the scores 16 all.

Jack Williams made it three from three and the Sharks would lead 18-16 at the break.

When the teams returned from the sheds, it was the Sharks who troubled the scorers first after a series of slick hands from Kennedy and Lemelume handed Tuilagi a try in the left corner.

Williams was unable to convert and the Sharks went into the lead 22-16.

After a knock on called against the Sharks, the Roosters would be given quality field position and made the most of it as Victor Bradley crossed over on the left edge.

Hasting couldn’t convert and the score would remain 22-20.

The Roosters would again score consecutive tries when centre Kiah Cooper hit a hole on the left edge to take the score to 24-22 as Hastings missed the conversion.

Not to be outdone, the home side hit back and it was the prop forward Daniel Vasquez who scored his second for the evening.

Williams converted the try and the Sharks would lead 28-24 with 17 minutes on the clock.

After trading field position, the Sharks extended the lead to 32-24 when Will Kennedy should a fancy piece of footwork to go over close to the line.

Williams again added the extras and it was the Sharks in the lead 34-24.

Not to be outdone, the Sydney would strike back with three minutes remaining through Bernard Lewis who in turn racked up his hat-trick.

Hastings could not convert and the score remained 34-28.

The score would remain 34-28 at full time with the Sharks securing an all important victory heading into the Finals Series.

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