In a match featuring multiple lead changes, the Jersey Flegg Sharks have given up a late try in going down to the Sea Eagles in their round seven match played at PointsBet Stadium last Thursday night.
The Sharks had their noses in front heading into the final seven minutes of the match, only for the Manly side to get across the stripe and claim the points with a 24-22 victory.
It was a disappointing finish and result for a Sharks side that had won three matches in a row and was sitting in second position on the Jersey Flegg ladder.
The Sea Eagles opened the scoring in just the second minute of the match, with the Sharks responding almost immediately, fullback Kane Ball touching down and with the unsuccessful conversion the Cronulla side trailed 6-4.
Manly went back ahead when fullback Kaeo Weekes scored a long-range effort backing up a line break from half back Jamie Humphreys and following the kick at goal it was 12-4 to the Sea Eagles.
The next two tries came to the Sharks, with both centres in the action, Jordan Samrani scoring the first, Noah Lester the second, and with two conversions from Ryan Rivett the home team would take a 16-12 lead to half time.
Now running into a strong southerly the Sharks found the going a little more difficult and in what was a topsy-turvy affair, the Manly team retook the lead in the early moments of the half at 18-16, before Tom Rodwell, moved from wing to back row for this weeks match due to the injury toll, backing up a line break to Cronulla back in front at 22-18
With plenty of time remaining the game developed into something of an arm wrestle, and when it looked as if the Sharks might close out a win, the Sea Eagles would spoil the party, a converted try inside the final 10 minutes of the match enough for them to claim the victory.
Despite the loss the Flegg Sharks remain within striking distance of the leading teams, only one point behind competition front runners the Roosters, with their next assignment a game against the Panthers on Saturday.
Kane Ball, Jayden Samrani, Noak Lester, Tom Rodwell tries, Ryan Rivett 3 goals
SEA EAGLES 24