NYC Match Report | Round 17
The Roosters have fallen 18-32 to the Cronulla Sharks on a tough Saturday morning in the Holden Cup.
They were under a massive amount of pressure in the opening minutes through repeat sets for the Sharks, which would lead to them capitalising in the opening ten minutes.
Briton Nikora found a gap on the right edge to force his way over for the Sharks and open the scoring.
An error deep into their territory would see them score again in the following set, going the length of the field and scoring on the second tackle through centre Isaac Lumelume.
It was error after error for the young Roosters and the Sharks would capitalise for their second try through Jaeman Salmon, splitting the defense down the middle and scoring just wide of the uprights.
Their next try was scored to of dummy-half for the young hooker Blayke Brailey, finding some space from 20 metres out and sprinting his way to the line between the uprights.
The Roosters would finally make their way over in the dying minutes of the first half through Bernard Lewis after getting sent through a gap by Lyndon Hills on the left edge.
It soon turned to back-to-back tries for the young Roosters on the opposite edge through Nick O’Meley to close out the first stanza of play.
The Sharks were first to score in the second half through winger Sione Katoa to stretch the lead out beyond two converted tries.
Any momentum that was gained by the young Roosters to close out the first half was well and truly gone in the second, and that became abundantly clear when the Sharks were next in to score through halfback Kyle Flanagan.
Kiah Cooper scored for the Roosters at the death, but it would do nothing but improve the scoreline.
SHARKS: 32 Nikora, Lumelume, Salmon, Brailey, Katoa, Flanagan (Conversions: 4/6)
ROOSTERS: 18 Lewis, O’Meley, Cooper (Conversions: 3/3)