21 Apr 2015

Sharks upset Souths in wet, windy Sydney

6:48 am on 21 April 2015

In some of the most testing conditions imaginable Cronulla have scored an upset 18-10 National Rugby League win over defending champions South Sydney at Remondis Stadium last night.

The Rabbitohs wing Alex Johnston dives over for a try.

The Rabbitohs wing Alex Johnston dives over for a try. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

In torrential rain and in winds reaching nearly 100km/h the Sharks led 10-4 at the half-time break and secured the win on the back of a Jayson Bukuya try six minutes from time.

The six point lead at the break didn't look to be enough, with the wind recorded at 87 km/h before kick-off.

But incredible handling in the atrocious conditions and a tough defensive effort that pushed the big Rabbitohs pack back time and time again, helped the Sharks to their third successive win, after they lost their first four games of the season.

The conditions were so bad that injured Sharks skipper Paul Gallen revealed on radio during the game that the NRL considered calling the round seven fixture off over concerns about players safety.

However both sides were happy to play.

Cronulla ran with the wind in the first half, opening the scoring through Michael Gordon in the seventh minute, before Luke Lewis added to that in the 23rd minute.

Alex Johnston replied for the visitors in the 31st minute.

A Valentine Holmes penalty put the home side further ahead after halftime before Chris McQueen dived onto a Luke Keary kick to bring Souths back into the contest in the 54th minute.

But Souths couldn't go on with it and consistently struggled to work the ball out of their own end against some punishing Sharks defence.

Before a hardy 3978 fans, Bukuya put the Sharks out to an eight point lead late and they held off Souths bravely in the final stages to secure a deserved win.

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