In a game which enormous finals implications surrounding it, the Knights and Sharks were all square heading into the final ten minutes.
It was then that the Sharks were penalised for a second effort on Bradman Best. The centre was dragged back into the in goal by a host of Cronulla defenders, only to be met with a penalty from referee Matt Cecchin.
Another penalty followed just a few plays later when bench lock Billy Magoulias was penalised for not being square at marker, and that was all the contest wrote as the Knights slotted a penalty goal to seal the deal.
It had come with both teams locked and seemingly approaching field goal territory in a game which has left the Knights in the top eight, sitting seventh. With the Gold Coast Titans and Canberra Raiders losing to the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Melbourne Storm respectively, it means the Knights are two points ahead of the Titans and Raiders, although their for and against is a major cause for concern.
The Sharks, on the other hand, are now in a dire position. Two points out of the top eight, their for and against is solid, however, they sit two points behind the Raiders and Titans, and a further two behind the Knights.
Hannay said you see decisions to the ones in Sunday's contest not becoming penalties in similar circumstances every week.
“Every week, every game you see people driven back into the in-goal, that’s part of the game For that to be a penalty... they march up the other end and then kick the winning goal from that,” he said.
“There were some tough decisions on us today.”
Compounding issues for the Sharks, front rower Andrew Fifita was taken to hospital with a suspected fractured larynx.
The Sharks will now likely need to win three from three to make the finals, and while games against the Wests Tigers and Brisbane Broncos appear winnable, a last-round fixture with the Melbourne Storm may well be out of reach.