Roost­ers win at Cronulla with con­tro­ver­sial late penalty

Herald on Sunday - - SPORT -

Syd­ney Roost­ers jumped into sec­ond on the NRL lad­der with a con­tro­ver­sial, nail-bit­ing 16-14 win over Cronulla last night. With the scores locked head­ing into the fi­nal two min­utes, Sharks skip­per Paul Gallen gave away a penalty for hold­ing on to Boyd Cord­ner too long and Michael Gor­don kicked it from 20m out, hand­ing the visi­tors an in­valu­able win. James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce both missed field goal at­tempts in a fran­tic clos­ing stanza marred by a se­ries of con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sions. With nine min­utes re­main­ing, Luke Keary was sin-binned for a strip on Luke Lewis af­ter a break. The next set, the Sharks took ad­van­tage of their one­man ad­van­tage, with Lewis steam­ing through the hole where the Roost­ers five-eighth usu­ally de­fends to even the scores.

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