KIAMA Knights product Josh Morris has suffered a loss in his final match with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, as they went down 12-10 to the Melbourne Storm on Saturday.
For the second week in a row, it might be considered 'one that got away' for a Sharks who controlled much of the game against the Storm only to go down to a 76th minute penalty goal.
At Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, the Sharks went ahead with a second half try, only for the Storm to hit back and then seal a 12-10 win with a Cameron Smith penalty goal in the closing moments.
Following on from a loss in round one when the last pass of what would have been a match winning try was called forward, it was a heart-breaking way to begin the Sharks season and makes for a crucial round three clash next week.
On the back of three penalties the Storm, opened the scoring courtesy of a Cameron Smith penalty goal, then it was a Shaun Johnson matching the Melbourne skipper with two-points of his own from 35 metre out and that would level the scores at two-apiece.
The Sharks enjoyed the better of the field position in the next period of the contest and following another Storm indiscretion would push out to a lead when Johnson was successful with his second kick at goal and after 21 minutes the Cronulla side led 4-2.
Following an aggressive opening stint from front rowers Aaron Woods and Andrew Fifita the Sharks lost nothing when interchange forwards Toby Rudolf and Braden Hamlin-Uele were injected into the contest and only some desperate Storm defence prevented the lead pushing out further, with the teams going to the break with just two points between them.
Eight minutes into the second half the Storm would equalise with Smith slotting over the fourth penalty goal of the game and his third but it would be the home team to go in front from a move perfected last season in the Canterbury Cup with the Newtown Jets.
On the last play of the set, after Will Kennedy had almost sliced through to score, it was a Blayke Brailey grubber which was collected by Billy Magoulias, the Sharks lock easily winning the race to the football to touch down.
Josh Morris will now link up with his twin brother at the Sydney Roosters.
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