2003 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks season

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2003 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
League 12th NRL
2003 record W8 L16 D0
Points for 497 (92 tries, 64 goals, 1 field goal)
Points against 704 (121 tries, 109 goals, 2 field goals)
Team information
Coach Chris Anderson
Captain David Peachey
Brett Kimmorley
Ground Toyota Park
Average attendance 12,892
Top scorers
Tries Phil Bailey (13)
Goals Jarrad Anderson (35)
Points Jarrad Anderson (94)
 < 2002 2004

The 2003 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks season was the 37th in the club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2003 Telstra Premiership.

Season summary[edit]

Cronulla, hoping to build on its past four seasons in which it made the finals, suffered a season of unrelenting disappointment which culminated in the dismissal of head coach Chris Anderson.

The Sharks' 2003 season lowlight was the 74-4 thumping received at the hands of the Parramatta Eels at Parramatta Stadium on 23 August 2003 (round 24).[1] Despite scoring first through Paul Gallen in the 18th minute, and only trailing 24-4 at halftime, the Sharks put in their worst ever performance which just got worse with captain David Peachey and Dale Newton taking the walk of shame and Danny Nutley being sin binned for pulling the leg of a Parramatta opponent.[2] It would not be until Round 11, 2011 that the Sharks would again leave Parramatta Stadium on the back of a hiding; but this time the Sharks had a 40-6 defeat.

Highlights were few and far between in 2003; notable wins included a big 40-16 win over Manly in what was their first win for the season (also a big one) backed up with a 30-14 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs, both at home and then a 30-24 away win over the 2001 premiers Newcastle in Newcastle in which Paul Gallen was sent off. It appeared as though those hat-trick of wins would get the Sharks going in 2003, but the Sharks were never in the finals hunt throughout the year. Other notable wins included a 34-28 win over the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville, a comeback 20-10 win over the Brisbane Broncos after trailing 10-2 at halftime, a 25-16 win over bitter rivals St. George Illawarra at home and then a 54-34 win over the Rabbitohs in a bottom-of-the-table clash (this match occurring the week after the humiliating defeat against Parramatta).

Anderson was replaced during the off-season by Stuart Raper who had previous coaching experience with the Wigan Warriors. His term at the Sharks would only last three full seasons.

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Penrith colours.svg Penrith 24 18 0 6 2 659 527 +132 40
2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 17 0 7 2 680 445 +235 38
3 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 16 0 8 2 702 419 +283 36
4 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 16 0 8 2 620 463 +157 36
5 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 15 0 9 2 564 486 +78 34
6 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 24 15 0 9 2 545 510 +35 34
7 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 14 0 10 2 632 635 -3 32
8 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 12 0 12 2 497 464 +33 28
9 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 11 0 13 2 570 582 -12 26
10 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra 24 11 0 13 2 548 593 -45 26
11 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 10 0 14 2 606 629 -23 24
12 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 24 8 0 16 2 497 704 -207 20
13 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 7 0 17 2 470 598 -128 18
14 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 24 7 0 17 2 470 791 -321 18
15 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 3 0 21 2 457 758 -301 10

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