Ben Barba of the Sharks (left) celebrates after scoring the first try of the match during the NRL grand final.
Ben Barba of the Sharks (left) celebrates after scoring the first try of the match during the NRL grand final. DAVID MOIR

NRL GRAND FINAL: Sharks break drought

THE Cronulla Sharks are the 2016 NRL premiers, ending a 49-year wait to win the title.

Cronulla downed the Melbourne Storm 14-12 at ANZ Stadium.

Andrew Fifita scored the match-winner, bursting on to a pass from Michael Ennis and outmuscling four Storm defenders to plant the ball down under the posts with 10 minutes to go. James Maloney converted to give the Sharks the the lead 14-12.

Earlier, Jesse Bromwich crashed over from close range to get the Storm off the mark in the 50th minute.

Will Chambers then used some fancy footwork in broken play to find some space before stepping on the gas and diving over to make it 12-8.

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

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



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