Sharks’ top eight woes continue as Storm dish out 54-10 thumping

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It marked the first time ever that the Storm had reached 50 points against the Sharks and the highest total that the Sharks had conceded in almost three years.

Fijian international Tui Kamikamica pounced on a Harry Grant grubber that ricocheted off the upright for the first points of the contest just three minutes in.

The Sharks managed to hit back, however, through an aerial Ronaldo Mulitalo effort off a Matt Moylan chip that ended up in the arms of a supporting Teig Wilton.

A Nicho Hynes penalty goal cannoned off the sticks soon after before Melbourne swung the ball off a Sharks effort to an open Will Warbrick who notched his seventh try from his past 10.


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Kamikamica and Grant again linked 23 minutes in with the Maroons rake, on this occasion, the beneficiary off a timely offload to make it 16-6.

Grant scooped the ball up at dummy half and made a fifth-tackle charge towards the try-line to snag the first double of his NRL career on the half-hour mark.

The visitors found themselves in a 16-point hole with less than three minutes to play in the half before Xavier Coates scored two tries in three minutes to make the scoreboard an ugly sight for Craig Fitzgibbon’s men.

His first came off an AFL-esque leap over opposite Sione Katoa before Cameron Munster surgically snuck down the left edge and found his winger with a neat flick.


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Cronulla nearly wrestled back some momentum early in the second stanza only for a desperate Nick Meaney effort to drag Will Kennedy into touch and kill the raid.

Josh King crashed through a pouring hole off Munster and outpaced Kennedy for the hosts’ first try of the second half.

Reimis Smith tore through some feeble Sharks defence – succumbing to a hamstring complaint in the process – off a Jahrome Hughes face ball in the final quarter before Hughes stepped his way onto the scoresheet off some sharp Munster ball-playing to make it 54-6.

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Melbourne skipper Christian Welch was binned late for an illegal tackle that ended Royce Hunt’s night with Mulitalo crossing off the back of it for a consolation four-pointer.

Briton Nikora joined Welch in the bin in the final minute for taking out a kick-chaser, however, the scoring had ended with Melbourne running away 54-10 winners.

The Sharks missed 59 tackles and made 14 errors in a performance that they will hope to scrub from their memories promptly.


Munster assisted on three tries and ran for 208 metres with seven tackle breaks whilst Grant scored a double, ran for 171 metres with seven tackle breaks, and made 25 tackles.

Nelson Asofa-Solomona proved a handful down the right edge all afternoon running for 170 metres with 13 tackle breaks and two line breaks.

The Sharks will host the Bulldogs next Sunday at PointsBet Stadium with Hynes potentially unavailable depending on his State of Origin selection status.

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