Local Toyota Cup rivals Cameron Rodgers and Toby Key had their first clash of the season recently.
The Parramatta Eels number 10 and Sharks hooker had a close battle with both men starting on the paddock.
Rodgers said the game was tightly contested with strong defence from both sides.
“It was a pretty close game with a bit of everything,” Sharks number nine Rodgers said.
His father Lester attended the match and described it as one of the fastest and most physical games he had seen.
“Both boys had a great game. It was very physical,” he said.
Rodgers led the tackle count at the games end with 32 tackles.
“He guided the team around well and was fantastic in defence.”
The Eels started the game strong leading 12-0 after 15 minutes.
Key said although they started on top the Eels couldn’t keep the momentum going for the full
The final score was 34-26 to the Cronulla Sharks.
After losing the game against the Titans on Sunday 42-20, Rodgers said his team would be looking forward to bouncing back against the Warriors this Saturday.
“They are always tough and will be looking to knock us over this weekend.
“After a disappointing game against the Titans we will be going out hard this weekend,” Rodgers said.
The Eels had a bye with Key running on for Wentworthville in their 70-10 smashing against a Sydney club side.
“It wasn’t a very tight game. I scored two tries which is always good,” Key said.
The Eels will be taking on the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Saturday night.
The Sharks are sitting about eighth on the ladder and the Eels are trying to c