Sharks crush Manly to get back on track

Celebrate:The Sharks finally bring the Steve Rogers Trophy back to the Shire with a dominate win over Manly.Picture NRL Imagery
Celebrate:The Sharks finally bring the Steve Rogers Trophy back to the Shire with a dominate win over Manly.Picture NRL Imagery

In a famous victory the Sharks put their north-side nemesis Manly to the sword in a one sided romp at the Central Coast 40-22 on Sunday.

Manly did have injuries to key men Tom Trbojevic and Dylan Walker but the Sharks didn't show much sympathy for their old foes, who beat them in two brutal grand finals in 1973 and 1978.

The Sharks went back to back for the first time in 2020 and helped their winning record against the Sea Eagles which at 26% was their worst against any opposition.

In a match played for the Steve Rogers Memorial Trophy, honouring the former Sharks, NSW and Australian centre,the Sharks fielded the same 17-man team which beat the Bulldogs at their last start .

Manly has won it 19 times in the 23 occasions the Rogers Trophy has been played for, however with Steve's ties running deep at the Cronulla club, the family was hoping for a different result this time around.

A Sharks immortal, Rogers tragically passed away in January of 2006, with the two clubs coming together to honour his memory with the annual trophy match-The Steve Rogers Cup will be displayed at the Sharks new home base of the Kareela Golf Club when the doors officially open tomorrow.

Big men:Andrew Fifita takes the ball up against for a famous victory.Picture NRL Imagry

Big men:Andrew Fifita takes the ball up against for a famous victory.Picture NRL Imagry

Morris's men came out with a good lead into the second half and put on a try scoring show giving them a 30 point lead before disappointingly letting Manly get back on the scoreboard too many times and making it a more respectable total.

Dominant displays from halves Shaun Johnson and Chad Townsend have lifted the Sharks to their third win in four matches with the Sharks middle forwards Toby Rudolph and Braden Hamlin-Uele laying the platform,the team scoring five tries within 23 minutes either side of half-time.

Speedy winger Sione Katoa made it five tries in seven days with a double, but it was the dominant performances of Johnson and Townsend, and a solid effort from the Cronulla pack, that got the job done.

Shaun Johnson said Katoa is a natural player with safe hands but they do the ground work at training.

Cronulla now only one win out of the top eight roll into the Gold Coast next round at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday in another game they can win.