Cronulla’s nightmare week has continued after bombing a second-half result in fall 28-16 to Wests Tigers at Bankwest Stadium.
The league was rocked this week when Sharks teenager Bronson Xerri was provisionally stood down for testing optimistic to performance-enhancing medicine.
But their marketing campaign took a darkish flip after being held scoreless in the second 40 to depart them with no win from their opening three video games.
Compounding the ache for coach John Morris is a suspected hamstring harm to halfback Chad Townsend.
Cronulla appeared on their technique to overcoming a dramatic week once they surged to a 16-10 halftime lead off the again of two Josh Dugan tries on Saturday.
A Luke Garner try to Benji Marshall penalty purpose levelled the scores with 20 minutes to go, earlier than the Sharks fell behind on a horror defensive play.
Tigers winger David Nofoaluma retrieved a routine line dropout on the 40-metre line earlier than waltzing by a shoddy effort from Townsend and Dugan to attain.
Townsend limped from the sector quickly after clutching at his hamstring.
Tigers prop Josh Aloiai sealed their second victory of the season when he barged over from shut vary in the 70th minute.
The Sharks bought off to a gradual begin with out their velocity service provider in Xerri, conceding two tries contained in the opening seven minutes.
First it was mortgage signing Harry Grant crossing for the primary strive of his profession, earlier than Robert Jennings was the recipient of a profitable captain’s problem.
The referee incorrectly dominated final deal with, giving the Tigers yet one more play to bomb for Jennings to provide his crew a commanding two-try lead.
The Sharks bought again on observe primarily by star-studded left edge, the place skipper Wade Graham arrange back-to-back tries for Dugan.
His second levelled the scores in the 19th minute, earlier than a Will Kennedy four-pointer gave Cronulla a six-point halftime benefit.