James Maloney has booted Cronulla to its 11th-straight NRL victory with the Sharks scoring a 19-18 golden-point win over the Warriors.Without regular field-goal kicker Valentine Holmes in the line-up, five-eighth Maloney was put under plenty of pressure as he lined up his shot in the second period of extra time, but managed to sneak a wobbly kick between the uprights.
Maloney has made a habit of kicking the Sharks to victory recently, with his trusty right boot playing match-winner against the Dragons and Bulldogs.
The Sharks are now four points clear of second-placed Melbourne on the ladder, with the Storm to play the Tigers on Sunday.
Cronulla probably should have won Saturday night's game in the first minute of golden point after ex-Warrior Chad Townsend broke the line and found full-back Ben Barba on his inside, but the resurgent Barba could not handle the pass.
The ladder leaders aimed up in defence and pinned the Warriors, who were on a run of three successive wins, in their own half for most of golden point at Shark Park.
The visitors had kicked out to a 10-0 lead with tries to former Sharks Blake Ayshford and Jono Wright
But a brilliant piece of dummy-half misdirection by Michael Ennis, followed by a strong effort from Ricky Leutele to reach out and score in the 40th minute saw the Sharks lead 12-10 at half-time.
Wright had a golden opportunity to help his new team into the lead when he was on the end of a simple right-side overlap in the 46th minute, but he dropped the ball cold with nothing but fresh air between him and the tryline.
To make matters worse, the Warriors conceded a rare penalty try when Simon Mannering was ruled to have illegally impeded Jayson Bukuya as the Shark chased a kick.
The decision raised some questions about the application of the penalty-try rule, which states the officials must be in no doubt that the attacking player would have scored without the defender's intervention.
Inside the final half-hour with the Sharks leading 18-10, veteran pivot Thomas Leuluai muscling over and, after Wade Graham held on too long in a tackle with the Warriors inside 10 metres, Issac Luke landed a penalty goal to level the scores.