After 50 years of title drought in Cronulla Sharks’ Rugby League history, last night’s grand final win against Power team Melbourne Storms was a long awaited victory.
Sharks Prop, Andrew Fifita’s brilliant touch down in the goal mark after fighting off a wall off Storm’s defences in the 64th minute was the final act of the grand final that sealed the win for them.
Cronulla Sharks dominated early, the first half; saw a lot of missed opportunities from the Melbourne side.
A penalty was awarded to Sharks in the 6th minute after Marika Koroibete high tackled Chad Townsend.
James Maloney’s goal following the penalty gave the Sharks, a 2 points lead to nil.
Ben Barber’ try, six minutes later, after Paul Gallen’s tactful scrum at the 10 meter line, and a Maloney conversion increased their lead by 8 points.
In the second half, a 64th minute try came from Storm’s Will Chambers, and a Smith Conversion saw the Melbourne side at 2 points lead.
Five minutes later, the NSW Wales prop wrestled with four Storm Defenders, after freeing his right, arm, and the ball was grounded, right under the Storms Goal mark.
Andrew Fifita’s brilliant touch down in the goal mark after fighting off a wall off Storm’s defences was the final act of the grand final that sealed the win for them.
Storms’ recovery efforts were pushed back by Sharks defences in the last ten minutes until the buzzer went.
NRL witnessed history as the Sharks, lifted the premiership trophy for the first time, after 50 years.