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Roosters end NRL losing streak

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Update: 2:37AM THE Sydney Roosters have arrested a three-game losing streak with a tense 24-18 win over a stubborn Cronulla.

Two second-half tries to Shaun Kenny-Dowall, the Roosters' first points after halftime in a month, paved the way for the defending premiers after they had given up a first-half 12-6 lead at Remondis Stadium on Saturday night before 12,163 fans.

With the game in the balance at 18-18 with eight minutes left, Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce produced the matchwinning play when he chased down a batdown from his fifth-tackle bomb, passed on to Michael Jennings who dished off to Kenny-Dowall for the converted try that gave the Roosters their unassailable lead.

Earlier, the man they call SKD raced 95m metres in the 61st minute after latching onto a Todd Carney kick to put the Roosters ahead 18-12 after Wade Graham had barged over shortly following halftime to lock the scores up at 12-12.

Sosaia Feki scored in the 68th minute after the Sharks took a quick 20m tap for a 18-18 scoreline.

The Sharks were much improved on their effort in last week's 24-4 thrashing at the hands of Manly, labelled "embarrassing" by coach Peter Sharp.

But the Roosters were dominant up front and halves Pearce and James Maloney outplayed their counterparts especially in the kicking department.

With captain Paul Gallen back for the Sharks and winger Daniel Tupou (leg) a late withdrawal for the Roosters, Ricky Leutele opened the scoring in the 14th minute when he palmed off Sonny Bill Williams and raced 50m beating desperate scrambling from Anthony Minichiello and Pearce in the process.

The Roosters hit back in the 19th minute when Boyd Cordner crashed over from close range from a Roger Tuivasa-Sheck pass and, with Maloney's conversion, scores were tied at 6-6.

The Roosters went ahead five minutes later when Maloney scored in a played that went 60m.

Tuivasa-Sheck made plenty of metres stepping his way through a broken Sharks line before he dished off to Maloney who ran 40m untouched to score.

The video referees took more than four minutes to decide whether Carney was held off the ball by Mitchell Aubusson further upfield before awarding the try.

Kenny-Dowall and Tuivasa-Sheck did their claims for Kiwi Test jerseys no harm as the Roosters' best, while Gallen was very strong in his return in a pleasing sign for NSW coach Laurie Daley.

Roosters coach Trent Robinson said he was happy to see his team claim a win after three narrow losses.

"We have had some really close games that we didn't finish so the important thing tonight was for us to close it out," he said.

"I was really happy for the guys to get back into the winner's circle.

"We played some really good footy tonight. We played some footy that we weren't happy with but winning was vital for us tonight.

"There was some better footy in that for us.

"It was good to get the win."

Sharp said it was a better performance from his men.

"It was much improved, but we are in the business of winning footy games.

"It was a much better performance and the effort was there."

Gallen said it was an honourable loss for the bottom-placed Sharks.

"It was a good effort but sometimes effort isn't enough - we have to win games.

"We have to get better in our execution and the finish to our sets.

"Their kicking game was nine out of 10 - that was the difference."





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