Match Summary The Wests Tigers have defeated the Cronulla Sharks 29-28 at Toyota Park in another late season thriller.
The Sharks looked to be in a winning position with an 18-4 half time lead but the Tigers came back to score 28 unanswered points and lead 28-18 late in the match.
The Sharks, clinging to a faint hope of finals footy came back to level the scores at 28 all but the brilliance of Robbie Farah was the difference between the two sides with the crafty hooker kicking a field goal in the 80th minute to secure the win for the Tigers and a probable top eight berth.
The game had some fantastic free flowing footy from two desperate sides and the kicking in general play from Brett Seymour was a highlight of the match, as was the running of the Tigers halves.
In the end, the Tigers had the one extra point in them to lift them closer to a finals berth but for the Sharks, it was a case of what might have been as they really should have gone on to win the match after going into half time in such a dominant position.
Match Details Round 23 - Full Time :: August 18th, 2007 05:30 PM Venue: Toyota Park Referee: Paul Simpkins
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 28 Tries: Luke Covell (2), Greg Bird, Ben Pomeroy, Misi Taulapapa Goals: Luke Covell (4/5) Wests Tigers 29 Tries: Daniel Fitzhenry, Benji Marshall, Taniela Tuiaki, Brett Hodgson, Chris Lawrence Field Goals: Robbie Farah (1/1) Goals: Benji Marshall (4/6)
LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match 3 Points: Robbie Farah (Tigers) 2 Points: Brett Seymour (Sharks) 1 Point: Luke Covell (Sharks) LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary 1 min: We are underway at Toyota Park with the Sharks kicking off to the Tigers.
2 min: Possible try to the Sharks...
2 min: No try. 20 metre restart.
7 min: The Tigers play some razzle dazzle footy but Chris Lawrence throws a wayward pass and the Sharks punce on the loose ball to defuse a Tigers attacking raid.
8 min: Possible try to the Sharks...
8 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland Sharks The Sharks get the opening try after Brett Seymour kicked ahead as he was being tackled and Luke Covell dived on the ball a metre from the touchline to scre the Sharks first points of the night. Conversion attempt by Luke Covell successful. Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 6-0
12 min: TRY Wests Tigers The Tiger staight back through a great Fitzhenry run down the touchline and it's game on at Toyota Park. Conversion attempt by Benji Marshall unsuccessful. Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 6-4
20 min: Real end to end footy from both sides at the moment but neither side has been able to add points to the scoreboard but it will only be a matter of time.
27 min: Possible try to the Tigers...
27 min: No try to the Tigers with Daniel Fitzhenry ruled to have knocked on before passing the ball to Dean Colliss. Correct call from video ref Bill Harrigan.
28 min: Possible try to the Sharks...
28 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland Sharks The Sharks hit back with a try to Greg Bird although there was a hint of obstruction but Bill Harrigan was quick to rule in favour of the Sharks and they now extend their lead over the Tigers as we head towards half time. Conversion attempt by Luke Covell successful. Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 12-4
35 min: Brett Hodgson takes a great catch but is pushed back in goal by the Sharks and they are starting to gain the upper hand four minutes out from half time.
39 min: Possible try to the Sharks...
39 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland Sharks Pomeroy scores after Covell knocks the ball back off a Sharks kick and the sharks extend their lead right on the stroke of half time. Conversion attempt by Luke Covell successful. Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 18-4
41 min: We are underway in the second half with the Tigers kicking off to the Sharks.
42 min: The Tigers go close but Chris Lawrence can't ground a grubber over the Sharks line and the pressure is off the Sharks for the moment.
47 min: TRY Wests Tigers Marshall swoops on a wayward Sharks ball and races 70 metres untouched to score under the posts and get the Tigers back into the match. Conversion attempt by Benji Marshall successful. Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 18-10
51 min: TRY Wests Tigers The Sharks are imploding as Tuiaki scores out wide after the Sharks failed to cover up a kick and the massive winger was there waiting with arms open to score and get the Tigers within a try of the Sharks. Conversion attempt by Benji Marshall unsuccessful. Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 18-14
54 min: TRY Wests Tigers The Tigers are in again through Brett Hodgson after Robbie Farah made a great break up the middle and Hodgson was there to finish off the movement with a try adjacent to the posts. Conversion attempt by Benji Marshall successful. Wests Tigers 20-18
57 min: PENALTY GOAL Wests Tigers The Tigers extend their lead with a penalty goal to Marshall but a strange decision if you ask me. The Tigers have all the momentum and would have scored again to extend their lead beyond a converted try but a penalty goal plays right into the Sharks hands. Wests Tigers 22-18
62 min: Possible try to the Tigers...
62 min: TRY Wests Tigers Chris Lawrence scores in the corner with virtually no room to work with and puts the Tigers further in front as the Sharks continue to self destruct. Conversion attempt by Benji Marshall successful. Wests Tigers 28-18
67 min: Possible try to the Sharks...
68 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland Sharks The Sharks are back in the match with a great try to Taulapapa after David Simmons did a miracle flick pass inside after regathering a Greg Bird grubber. Conversion attempt by Luke Covell successful. Wests Tigers 28-24
70 min: Brett Hodgson knocks on a Sharks kick ten metres from his own line and the Sharks have a great chance to hit the lead once again.
71 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland Sharks Covell scores in the corner off a great Seymour kick and the conversion the Tigers took earlier may end up costing them the match. Conversion attempt by Luke Covell unsuccessful. 28 all
78 min: Neither team has had a real opportunity to kick a field goal but the Tigers have just caught the Sharks in goal and this will be the Tigers chance to win the game.