The NYC Sharks have scored a thrilling 36-30 victory over the Melbourne Storm to claim a top four berth.
A 60-metre Lachlan Stein try with less than five minutes left in the match has broken a 30-all deadlock and catapulted the NYC Sharks into the top four with a 36-30 victory over the Melbourne Storm.
The Sharks had their noses in front for the majority of the contest but couldn’t quite put the Storm away until the Stein four pointer clinched a vital victory and set up a finals clash with minor premiers Penrith.
The first half was seemingly always in the Sharks control, three tries giving them an 18-6 advantage with half time approaching.
To the disappointment of coach John Morris however the Sharks conceded a try, sending the teams to the break with the Sharks up by eight.
Gaining some confidence from their 37th minute try the Storm came out of the break with plenty of energy with back to back tries giving them their first lead of the afternoon at 20-18 in front.
Showing good composure the Sharks struck back, Blake Brailey, younger brother of skipper Jayden scoring with almost his first touch as the visitors went back into the lead at 24-20.
Another of the Sharks youngsters in Kyle Flanagan then crossed, kicking his fifth conversion from as many attempts but again the Storm wouldn’t lie down, with the scores locked at 30-all with 10 minutes to go.
Not to be denied the Sharks held firm, the Stein try and the successful Flanagan kick sending the young Cronulla side into the playoffs on a high.
Stay tuned to the website for details of the Sharks v Panthers round one finals clash.
Sharks 36 def. Storm 30