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Sharks take chunk out of Eels

Sharks take chunk out of Eels

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Cronulla Sharks won five matches in a row for the first time since 2008 when they beat Parramatta 24-18 in the Australian National Rugby League (NRL) on Sunday (April 15).

Tuesday 24 April 2012, 03:21PM

Todd Carney, right, has been key to the Sharks’ success.

Todd Carney, right, has been key to the Sharks’ success.

The Sharks, who finished last in 2011, moved to third place on the NRL ladder following a compelling battle against the visiting Parramatta Eels.

Cronulla winger Stewart Mills scored the only try of the second half to give the Sharks a well-deserved victory after the teams had gone into halftime locked at 18-all.
Competition leaders Melbourne Storm remained unbeaten after seven rounds but not before surviving a stern challenge from the Canterbury Bulldogs.

The Storm relied on their superb defence to see off Canterbury, who were not helped by a number of unforced errors.

“It was the biggest test we’ve had all year,” Melbourne captain Cameron Smith said.

“They’ve got a big forward pack and they really worked us over through the middle.

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“They used the ball really well between their forwards and asked us a lot of
questions with our defence.

“That’s why we won the game – look how many times we defended our tryline and had repeat sets there but it was a fantastic job defending our line and that’s why we won.”

Brisbane kept up the pressure on the Storm when they beat Canberra 30-6 in Brisbane to record their sixth win of the season, while the North Queensland Cowboys jumped to fourth in the table demolishing the Sydney Roosters 50-0.

Last year’s champions Manly suffered a shock 26-14 home loss to lowly Gold Coast.
However, 2011 runners-up New Zealand Warriors bounced back to form with an entertaining 44-22 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

In other results, St George Illawarra beat Newcastle 12-4 and Wests Tigers thumped Penrith 30-0.

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