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Life's good for Anderson - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Sun, 27 May 2007 10:34:00 GMT
roosters coach Chris Anderson made a triumphant return to Toyota Park last night after the Roosters plucked a miracle 13-12 win over Cronulla.

Roosters and NSW State of Origin fullback Anthony Minichello was the hero on the night, finding the perfect time to kick the first field goal of his career three minutes into extra-time.

The golden point win was crucial for a side still sitting one place off the foot of the table.

The match started with both sides evenly balanced and poised, trading blows, looking like two teams still struggling to find form and consistency in this year’s NRL competition.

But the match was entertaining nonetheless, with the game swaying from try line to try line and a few opportunities going begging.

However, as the game seemed to be going into the half time break a stalemate and scoreless, Cronulla finally broke the Roosters line to lead 6-0.

Paul Gallen was the beneficiary of Cronulla’s first try of the game, with dummy half Kevin Kingston passing the ball behind Craig Fitzgibbon as he raced out of the line with the Sharks attacking on the away sides goal line.

The 6-pointer galvanised the home side and it showed in their football, the Sharks showing some enthusiasm and initiative just after the mid-game break.

And they were duly rewarded, extending their lead a further six points just short of the hour mark.

Attacking just 30 metres short of the away sides try line, the Sharks moved the ball through several sets of hands, finding space down the Rooster’s right hand side with the ball finally ending with Greg Bird to finish the move.

The match looked home and hose for the men in sky blue, but the Roosters had different ideas and the tri-colours began to get their act together.

Halfback Jamie Soward started to get more involved in the game and within minutes the Roosters were rewarded.

A flying Ashley Harrison halved the home side’s lead when he met Soward’s grubber in the 67th minute.

Then eight minutes from time the comeback was complete, another precise bomb from Soward was spilled in goal and winger John Williams picked up the pieces to score.

Regulation time could not separate the sides.

In an attempt to claim two points, the Sharks failed two field goal attempts, one a charge down from Craig Fitzgibbon on Brett Kimmorley, so it was left to an unlikely source in the form of Anthony Minichello to settle the outcome.

The Roosters now move onto eight points on the competition ladder while the Sharks still hold onto a top eight place.

Rooster 13 (A Harrison, J Williams tries; C Fitzgibbon 2 goals; A Minichello 1 field goal) d Sharks 12 (P Gallen, G Bird tries; L Covell 2 goals) at Shark Park. Referee: S Hampstead. Penalties: 8-8
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