In a dour defensive struggle matching two of the three undefeated Jersey Flegg teams, the Sharks have edged out the Roosters in recording an 8-6 victory in their round five clash at PointsBet Stadium.
It was one try apiece, the difference in the final scoreline a penalty goal kicked by the Sharks with around 10 minutes left on the clock.
Following three lop-sided victories, the Sharks were forced to earn the points on this occasion, however in restricting their opponents to just one four-pointer might have gained more satisfaction from this win than from the previous three.
After a physical beginning, where neither side was able to trouble the scoreboard operator, it would take almost half an hour for the visitors to break the duck and post first points, winger Bayleigh Bentley-Hape winning the race to a grubber kick.
The try was converted and it was 6-0 Roosters.
Undaunted, the Sharks held the Roosters at bay and after a couple of sets on the their goal line, moved down the other end of the field, with their efforts rewarded when a slick backline movement saw winger Jonah Ngaronoa dive over in the north-easter corner.
With the half time siren sounding in the background Jonaiah Lualua slotted the sideline conversion and the teams would go to the break at 6-all.
The second half followed a similar script to the first, with the defence of both teams dominating.
There were some near misses, last ditch scrambling on the goal line preventing more points, with a play-the-ball indiscretion and the resulting penalty deciding the game.
The Flegg Sharks moved to eight competition points and with the Bulldogs going down to the Dragons, sit on top as the only team with a perfect record through the first five rounds.
The Sharks are at home again next Thursday night when they play the second-placed Panthers at PointsBet Stadium in what promises to be another test of their credentials.
Jonah Ngaronoa try, Jonaiah Lualua 2 goals
Bayleigh Bentley-Hape try, Ethan O’Neill goal