NRL Round 8 – Match 6 Results: St George Illawarra Dragons 38 v Cronulla Sharks 0

The Sharks never stood a chance on Saturday against the Dragons at WIN Stadium as the worst and best performing teams in the NRL faced off, especially considering Cronulla have not won at Wollongong in over two decades.

Few were surprised when the Dragons thrashed the Sharks 38 – 0 in one of their most comprehensive wins this year, showing just how big the gap between the two teams in terms of ability is.

St George Illawarra are now the only team to win seven from eight this season while the Sharks have managed just two victories, Saturday’s loss being their tenth consecutive defeat as the visitors.

It was another embarrassing loss for Cronulla who are now 103 points in deficit overall for the season.

As is becoming tradition, Brett Morris scored the Dragon’s opening try, the first of an eventual hat-trick for the fast paced winger, eight minutes in and before the Sharks knew what to do they were trailing by 16 points after the first quarter.

Morris’ try was backed up just four minutes later by a four-pointer by Matt Cooper, who also scored multiple tries on the night, and then Jason Nightingale got over in the 19th minute.

Jamie Soward converted two of their three first half tries before kicking a penalty in the 40th minute giving them a comfortable lead heading into the break.

To Cronulla’s credit they did step it up in the second quarter stopping St George from widening the margin by any more, but their defence was laughable in the second half.

Back from the break the Dragons just outclassed, outplayed and outlasted the Sharks scoring another four tries.

Matt Cooper began the points scoring in the second half when he completed his double in the 44th minute, Sowards conversion elevating them to 24 points.

This was backed up six minutes later by a converted try from Neville Costigan, and then Morris cleaned up with two more four-pointers in the 59th and 76th minutes, his second hat-trick of the season, so their final score sat at 38 and the Sharks scoreless right to the end.

The only question about the Dragons dominance now is whether they can maintain it as their representative-rife team is ravaged over the next eight rounds or so.