2023 NRL Finals Week 1 - Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs Sydney Roosters, 7:50pm Saturday 9th September @ PointsBet Stadium

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I may watch it for the reason that in two weeks I have a 40th school reunion in which I'm going to have to deal with my old school mates who are nearly all Roosters fans. I want to face them with all the facts before they give it to me. Hopefully though the Storm will lift and knock em out beforehand. 😁
Don't bother mate - just go to your reunion, turn around, drop your pants and think happy thoughts
 

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1. CONNOR TRACEY - 6.5

He’s been one of Cronulla’s best over the past month, and once again he played his part. Threw a lovely cut out ball which if caught, may have resulted in a try. He finished with 146 metres of 19 runs.

2. SIONE KATOA - 6

Coughed up a ball when the Sharks had all the momentum close to the Roosters line, relieving plenty of pressure. Made up for it with the game’s first try. Had some good moments and tried hard.

3. JESSE RAMIEN - 5

Had his hands full lining up across from the in-form Billy Smith. Made a terrific intercept to thwart a Roosters’ attacking raid. Dropped a Tracey ball which may have been a try as he was running through a gap ten metres out. Missed five tackles and made 15.

4. SIOSIFA TALAKAI - 5.5

Was a bit of a liability in defence, missing six and making eight, but he had some strong moments with ball in hand. Ran for 111 metres and had six tackle busts. Had a crucial knock on after reaching back to try and catch a bad pass from Braydon Trindall. That would be the last chance the Sharks would have.


Walker wins it in ultimate redemption! | 01:11

5. RONALDO MULITALO - 7

Early knock on after Roosters first kick. Came alive in the second half, scoring a try, running for over 100 metres and put in a lovely grubber which should have been finished off for a try by his teammates.

6. BRAYDON TRINDALL - 4

He has been very good in recent weeks, but he had a couple of moments in this that he would like to have back. He missed a conversion from right next to the posts which proved vital in a one-point loss. The five-eighth threw a poor pass behind Talakai which went into touch as the Sharks were making ground in the Roosters’ half with a minute to go. It would be the last time Cronulla touched the ball this season.

7. NICHO HYNES - 7.5

Showed plenty of intent early with scoping runs at the Roosters’ line as the Sharks had a tonne of early possession. Threw a beautiful cut out ball to find Sione Katoa for the game’s first try and then set up Mulitalo in the corner with a classy catch and pass in the second half. Great tackle to save a certain try with 15 mins to go. First half was much better than his second half. Ultimately though as hard as he tried it couldn’t prevent the Sharks from losing three finals matches in a row.

8. TOBY RUDOLF - 8.5

He had a huge first 30 minute stint, picking up 88 metres from 11 runs. He picked up where he left off after the break, almost pinching a try with a probing run and then saving a Roosters four-pointer down the other end a few minutes later.

Toby Rudolf was arguably Cronulla’s best in Saturday’s loss.
Toby Rudolf was arguably Cronulla’s best in Saturday’s loss.
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9. BLAYKE BRAILEY - 5

Had a poor moment when he was unable to reel in a grubber which would have extended the lead to two tries had he scored. Made 38 tackles but missed five.

15. ROYCE HUNT - 7

Talked the talk during the week and walked the walk early with a terrific hit on Lindsay Collins and some powerful runs which troubled the Roosters in what was just his sixth start of the season. Ran the ball nine times, but he was plenty impactful with those, going over 100 metres in just 34 minutes on the field.

11. BRITON NIKORA - 7.5

Worked tirelessly all night and ran hard as he always does, proving a handful close to the line. Thought he was one of the best forwards for the Sharks. 36 tackles with just one miss is good going.

12. WADE GRAHAM - 5.5

A hell of a career came to an end tonight. He was solid albeit others were more impactful.

13. CAMERON MCINNES - 6.5

Was unlucky not have a try early in the game when he went over the line after catching the Roosters napping but there was not enough evidence to overturn it. No surprise to see him at the top of the tackle list (36).


Sharks somehow denied by bunker early | 00:42


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14. JACK WILLIAMS - 7

Played 43 minutes off the bench and ran for 106 metres from 11 runs and made 28 tackle. A workmanlike performance.

16. TOM HAZLETON - N/A

Sent to hospital after suffering a serious abdominal injury in the second half. He was playing a useful game before that.

17. OREGON KAUFUSI - 5.5

Ran hard in his limited time on the park. Didn’t let his team down.

20. JESSE COLQUHOUN - N/A

Only played 11 minutes but was quite involved, averaging nine metres a carry, but not much of a sample size to
 
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Hahaha mate that point scoring from Fox lost me when they gave Kaufusi a pass mark, 5.5? Get the hell outta here.

A 5 for Brailey? Hahaha oh gee these guys are absolute comedians.

4.5 for Trindall? Mate, I'm sure he did much more than Brailey and Kaufusi.
 

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Sutton is a crook. I’d like to see the car he drives. See youse all next year. The end.
 

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I hate to be negative but we played well in patches, however in general the way we played tonight, we would have been done by Melbourne, Penrith & Broncos either way even if we won tonight. We have to stop giving away easy penalties, soft errors when we get our chances in the end.
 

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I have just read through all the threads from the game and I have to say some of the language and name calling directed towards OUR players is disgusting and embarrassing , I appreciate a lot of it is emotion in the heat of the moment but we are supposed to be supporters , that means through good and shite . Whilst I am extremely disappointed in the manner of the loss I am also sure the players are feeling it a whole lot more than us . Hopefully after a good nights sleep some reflect on their choice of words and appreciate the effort OUR players have put in for US .

I would just like to say I have enjoyed the season as ever , and whilst sad we are not going further I wouldn't want to be following any other team and will be back next season to support my team , the Sharkies .
 

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On the home crowd. It was pretty disappointing to here a Roosters chant pretty bloody loud and clearly with about 10 or so to go
 

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Good numbers but not a lot of space to work in, long way from a sure thing
Field goals attempts at the best of times aren’t sure things, especially 3 mins from full time, especially especially when you tried to take one just a moment earlier, especially especially especially when the same EXACT SAME GUY TOOK BOTH ATTEMPTS.

The team is dumb, and predictable.
 
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