2004 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks season

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2004 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
League 11th NRL
2004 record W10 L14 D0
Points for 528 (96 tries, 72 goals)
Points against 645 (117 tries, 88 goals, 1 field goal)
Team information
Coach Stuart Raper
Captain David Peachey
Brett Kimmorley
Ground Toyota Park
Average attendance 12,489
Top scorers
Tries Nigel Vagana (12)
Goals Brett Kimmorley (40)
Points Brett Kimmorley (92)
 < 2003 2005

The 2004 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks season was the 38th in the club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2004 Telstra Premiership.

Season summary[edit]

In the off-season the Sharks signed Stuart Raper as their head coach following the previous season's dismissal of Chris Anderson.

Cronulla did not begin the 2004 season well, losing four or five matches on the trot to be sitting last on the ladder after round five. One early season lowlight was the on-field dismissal of Greg Bird for kneeing Souths' winger Shane Marteene and his subsequent 10-week ban. However, there were some on-field highlights none more so than their round 22 upset of the high-flying Sydney Roosters who were sitting on top of the ladder at the time. They also defeated the likes of the Parramatta Eels at Parramatta Stadium where on their last visit the Sharks were thrashed 74-4 (in fact, Cronulla have not lost at the venue ever since), the Melbourne Storm in Melbourne, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval where the Sharks historically have a poor record and the Brisbane Broncos in Brisbane. Otherwise, the season was overall a disappointment; the Sharks missing the finals for the second year in succession however they did improve on their disastrous 12th finish in 2003.

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 19 0 5 2 710 368 +342 42
2 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 19 0 5 2 760 491 +269 42
3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 16 1 7 2 602 533 +69 37
4 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 24 15 0 9 2 672 567 +105 34
5 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra 24 14 0 10 2 624 415 +209 32
6 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 13 0 11 2 684 517 +167 30
7 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 12 1 11 2 526 514 +12 29
8 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 11 0 13 2 554 613 -59 26
9 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 10 0 14 2 509 534 -25 24
10 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 10 0 14 2 516 617 -101 24
11 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 24 10 0 14 2 528 645 -117 24
12 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 9 0 15 2 517 626 -109 22
13 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 24 9 0 15 2 615 754 -139 22
14 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 24 6 0 18 2 427 693 -266 16
15 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 5 2 17 2 455 812 -357 16

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