NRL 2021: Sydney Roosters claim comeback win over Cronulla Sharks, Gold Coast Titans crush Newcastle Knights

  • 11/04/2021

Teenage sensation Sam Walker has led the Sydney Roosters to a 26-18 comeback win over Cronulla Sharks on Saturday night.

With the Roosters trailing 18-4 with less than a quarter of the game remaining, the rookie 18-year-old scored a try and then engineered two others through a dazzling seven-minute stretch to clinch victory for the defending champions.

After starring against the NZ Warriors last weekend, Walker shrugged off a concerted campaign by the Sharks to target him in defence to lead the Roosters to their second successive win since losing star playmaker Luke Keary to a season-ending knee injury.

In the 73rd minute, Walker put the home side in the lead for the first time, when he dummied and stepped inside Chad Townsend to score.

He sealed the win three minutes later with an overhead pass for an unmarked Morris to cross in the corner.  

Earlier, marquee Titans signing David Fifita lived up to his billing with a dominant individual performance to power Gold Coast to a 42-16 demolition of Newcastle Knights.

Not even the return of superstar Kayln Ponga could save the Knights, as the rampaging Fifita scored a hat-trick of tries, the first of his NRL career.

Meanwhile, Melbourne Storm put on a vintage display with a 52-18 mauling of Canterbury Bulldogs.

Half Cameron Munster and Ryan Papenhuyzen were at the centre of the action for the Storm, helping the Storm to a nine-try rout of the struggling Bulldogs.