2016 Grand Final: Sharks player ratings
NRL.com rates the performances of all 17 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks players in the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final.
1. Ben Barba
Barba was kept quiet for the most part in the second half but will always be remembered for scoring the Sharks' first try in their first ever grand final victory. 7.5/10.
2. Sosaia Feki
Feki was as safe as houses and one of his side's best during Cronulla's dominant first half. Would have received a higher score if his game didn't unfortunately end after 47 minutes when he limped off with a knee injury. 7/10.
3. Jack Bird
Looked down and out after 15 minutes when he hyperextended his elbow but battled on and bent the Storm defence on numerous occasions, making 162 metres. 8.5/10.
4. Ricky Leutele
Leutele was one of the Sharks' quieter players but still made over 100 metres. A bit too kick happy at times. 7/10.
5. Valentine Holmes
Set the tone early with a huge run and ended up with close to a double century of metres. Produced several big tackles on his edge to kill Melbourne attacking raids. 8/10.
6. James Maloney
Pulled off some big shots and controlled the game brilliantly in the first half but went missing in patches throughout the second half. 7.5/10.
7. Chad Townsend
Townsend copped a bad swinging arm from Marika Koroibete early on and another one from Christian Welch late on. His kicking game was solid. 6.5/10.
8. Andrew Fifita
Fifita will go down in grand final folklore for his barnstorming match-winning try. Made over 200 metres in an enormous 60-minute stint. 9/10
9. Michael Ennis
Ennis was a genuine nuisance throughout the game and was a huge reason behind Cooper Cronk's quiet performance for the Storm. Stifled his side's attack at times but his veteran instincts helped calm him down in his last ever NRL game. 8/10.
10. Matt Prior
Prior had three stints on the paddock and was inspirational up front for the Sharks. Went close to racking up 200 metres and was among his side's best. 8.5/10.
11. Luke Lewis
Rightly awarded the Clive Churchill Medallist as the best on ground. Lewis was the Sharks' best in the first half and carried on with it big time after half-time with a huge 148-metre, 28-tackle effort. Unlucky not to score a four-pointer in the first 10 minutes. 9.5/10.
12. Wade Graham
The Sharks' quiet achiever recovered from a huge head clash with Kenny Bromwich to record an overall solid performance. 7.5/10
13. Paul Gallen
Another herculean effort from the inspirational Sharks skipper. Looked dead-set gassed after his first stint but returned to put forward a huge 35-minute effort in the back end of the contest. 8/10.
14. Gerard Beale
Beale came on in the final half hour for Feki. Had a bad miss on Will Chambers when the Storm hit the lead midway through the second half and didn't do much otherwise. 4.5/10.
15. Chris Heighington
Heighington made a huge impact off the bench and almost scored just before half-time. Unfortunately didn't react to Bromwich crashing over for the Storm's first try. 7/10.
16. Sam Tagataese
Tagataese was only afforded eight minutes on the paddock but made 53 metres. 4.5/10.
17. Jayson Bukuya
Like Heighington, Bukuya made a huge impact off the bench. He needed to be assisted off the field after copping a stray knee from Tohu Harris, but returned in the dying minutes. 6.5/10.