Ben Barba of the Sharks scores the first try of the match during the NRL Grand Final between the Melbourne Storm and the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. (AAP Image/David Moir) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Ben Barba of the Sharks scores the first try of the match during the NRL Grand Final between the Melbourne Storm and the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. (AAP Image/David Moir) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY DAVID MOIR

NRL GRAND FINAL: Sharks lead at break

THE Cronulla Sharks are 8-0 up at half-time of the NRL grand final against the Melbourne Storm.

Ben Barba scored the first try in the 15th minute, taking advantage from a scrum-base play to stroll over untouched.

James Maloney opened the scoring after Melbourne's Marika Koroibete hit Chad Townsend with a swinging arm, with Maloney slotting the resulting penalty goal to make it 2-0.

At the break the Sharks have enjoyed 59% of possession and made just 158 tackles compared to the Storm's 222.



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