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2013 Finals Week 1 - Saturday 14th September @ 04:00pm
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2013 Finals Week 1 - Saturday 14th September @ 04:00pm
SHARKS vs. COWBOYS
Allianz Stadium
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FULL TIME at Allianz Stadium - the Sharks have won by 20-18 under bizarre and controversial circumstances

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20-18

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Well the longest 41 seconds in history has finished - the Sharks have won a game that has been Marred by Controversy

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20-18

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There is a time issue here, clock was stopped at 41 seconds when the opposing scrum was formed at the other end, game as become a farcical finish

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20-18

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NO TRY - THE SHARKS WILL WIN

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20-18

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VIDEO REFEREE: Checking a Kane Linnett matchwinner - checking sideline, Matt Cecchin says TRY

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20-18

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90 Secs to go, Sharks in possession 35m out from the Cowboys line

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20-18

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Cowboys try a couple of kicks but the Sharks end up with the ball

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20-18

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2:30 remain, Cowboys need to go 65m

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20-18

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Todd Carney with some settling play there puts the ball over the sideline, Cowboys stop the clock for the scrum

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20-18

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Some desperate play from the Cowboys only just goes dead, Sharks lead by 2 with 3:30 remaining

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20-18

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Is the 7th tackle try going to cost the Cowboys?

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20-18

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TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Sosaia Feki. Conversion attempt by Michael Gordon unsuccessful.

TRY is awarded by the Video Referees - Sosaia Feki scores in front off the mass of Sharks fans, conversion well wide

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20-18

VIDEO REFEREE: Possible Sosaia Feki TRY, checking sideline, Matt Cecchin says TRY

North Queensland Cowboys 18-16

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UNFORCED ERROR NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
Johnathan Thurston makes an unforced error.

Jonathan Thurston ruled to have knocked out, Cowboys claim it was the Sharks who knocked it on, but replays show refs got it right

North Queensland Cowboys 18-16

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Paul Gallen tries a kick on the last but makes a mistake, Cowboys have the ball 40m out from their own line on tackle 3

North Queensland Cowboys 18-16

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Bad kicks hurting the Cowboys with that one going touch ingoal from Jonathan Thurston

North Queensland Cowboys 18-16

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Sharks try some running play on the last tackle but pass goes astray and cleaned up by Robert Lui

North Queensland Cowboys 18-16

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A bad kick ends up straight into the hands of Paul Gallen, as Luke Lewis is off down the tunnel

North Queensland Cowboys 18-16

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Injury concerns for the Sharks there, Todd Carney strapping his own hamstring on the sideline while Luke Lewis has a bad cut on his cheek

North Queensland Cowboys 18-16

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Jeff Robson puts a kick through that initially looks way to deep but then sits up in the in goal and only just goes dead

North Queensland Cowboys 18-16

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Penalty may be on the way or not, Luke Lewis hit Robert Lui very hard and quite late but ruled to be play on from the referees

North Queensland Cowboys 18-16

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Big tackle forces Andrew Fifita to drop the ball

North Queensland Cowboys 18-16

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Tariq Sims charges down the ball then knocks it on when trying to pick it up, Sharks on attack in Cowboys half

North Queensland Cowboys 18-16

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TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Sam Tagataese. Conversion attempt by Michael Gordon unsuccessful.

Out of nowhere the Sharks score after Luke Lewis straightens up some sidewards play and John Morris offloads to Sam Tagatese scores for the Sharks - conversion hits the post plum

North Queensland Cowboys 18-16

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Cowboys put a kick through that Beau Ryan has to dance around to not touch as Matt Bowen flew late

North Queensland Cowboys 18-12

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Cowboys with no real urgency in picking the ball up off the kick but when they do Antonio Winterstein creates some danger but is tackled 30m from his own line

North Queensland Cowboys 18-12

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Robert Lui puts a last tackle kick in that Michael Gordon cleans up on his 5m out from his own line

North Queensland Cowboys 18-12

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Cowboys to work it out from their own 20m line off the Sharks kick

North Queensland Cowboys 18-12

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Sharks have to work it out of their own end after a JT bomb is almost regathered by the Cowboys

North Queensland Cowboys 18-12

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Cowboys have the momentum at the moment, make 58m off the set of six before kicking

North Queensland Cowboys 18-12

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TRY NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
Scored by Jason Taumalolo. Conversion attempt by Johnathan Thurston successful.

Cowboys get six again but don't need it as Jason Taumololo uses his strength to reach out and score

North Queensland Cowboys 18-12

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TRY NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
Scored by Wayne Ulugia. Conversion attempt by Johnathan Thurston unsuccessful.

After scrambling in defence the Cowboys take an intercept through Wayne Ulugia who runs 90m and score

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PENALTY SHARKS: Thurston penalised for a leg pull on Beau Ryan

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12-8

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Cowboys get to halfway before a kick from Robert Lui goes dead

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12-8

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Meanwhile, the Sharks are on the attack on tackle 3 on the Cowboys 20m line

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12-8

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NRL Referees boss Daniel Anderson has reportedly admitted to channel 9 that the referees have made an error

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12-8

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Play back underway in the second half

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On air audio from Channel 9 from the Referees have shown that the Sharks opening try had been scored on the 7th tackle, with tackle 5 being called tackle 4

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12-8

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Half Time at Allianz Stadium in the first game of the Double Header and the Cronulla Sharks lead by 12-8 over the North Queensland Cowboys

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12-8

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News coming out of the game that the opening sharks try in fact came off the 7th tackle in the set - More to come during half time

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12-8

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Six more tackles after the Sharks are ruled to have played at the Robert Lui kick

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12-8

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PENALTY COWBOYS: Sharks ruled to have stripped the ball, Cowboys find touch 30m out from the Sharks line

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12-8

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UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Jeff Robson makes an unforced error.

Jeff Robson drops the ball in the play the ball, pressure relieved

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12-8

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PENALTY SHARKS: Isaac De Gois is held up ingoal however Cowboys penalised for being offside

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12-8

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Another repeat set coming up for the Sharks, Wade Graham with a banana grubber kick that Matt Bowen is forced to knock dead

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12-8

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Repeat set coming up for the Sharks, after the Cowboys are forced to knock the ball dead

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12-8

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UNFORCED ERROR NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
Wayne Ulugia makes an unforced error.

A good set play from the Cowboys almost comes off as Wayne Ulugia goes close to scoring but drops the ball as he goes to put it down

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12-8

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A booming 60m dropout from the Sharks forces the Cowboys back to clean it up

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12-8

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Another repeat set coming up for the Cowboys after Feki is trapped ingoal again

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Gavin Cooper bursts into the in goal - however is ruled to be held up

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Another set of six coming up after the Cowboys trap Sosaia Feki ingoal

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Forward pass in their own half puts the Sharks back under pressure

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12-8

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TRY CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Scored by Ben Pomeroy. Conversion attempt by Michael Gordon successful.

Video Referees can't overturn the onfield call and Ben Pomeroy gets the try, set up by a good Michael Gordon run and offload

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12-8

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VIDEO REFEREE: Checking a possible Ben Pomeroy TRY, Referee Henry Perenara signals the 'T' for Try, checking grounding

North Queensland Cowboys 8-6

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UNFORCED ERROR NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
Glenn Hall makes an unforced error.

Todd Carney puts a kick in that Glen Hall tries to take but drops it

North Queensland Cowboys 8-6

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Robert Lui makes a bad mistake with a kick coming off the side of the boot and out on the full, Sharks start the set 5m short of halfway

North Queensland Cowboys 8-6

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Wade Graham puts a kick through and is cleaned up by Matt Bowen with ease

North Queensland Cowboys 8-6

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PENALTY SHARKS: Rory Kostjasyn penalised for being too slow off the tackler, Sharks start their set 40m out from their own line

North Queensland Cowboys 8-6

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Sharks go to the air but the tapback goes straight to the cowboys

North Queensland Cowboys 8-6

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UNFORCED ERROR NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
Joel Riethmuller makes an unforced error.

Joel Reithmuller drops the ball in the tackle, pressure swing on to the Cowboys

North Queensland Cowboys 8-6

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SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
Penalty goal attempt by Johnathan Thurston successful.

Cowboys take the easy 2 points on offer and regain the lead

North Queensland Cowboys 8-6

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PENALTY COWBOYS: Another penalty goes to the Cowboys about 12m out, John Morris penalised for a strip

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PENALTY COWBOYS: Cowboys get a penalty that piggybacks them upfield

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Matt Bowen down injured but gets up and plays the ball

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Robert Lui puts a kick in that forces the Sharks to go back to their own ingoal to clean it up, but lack of defensive pressure lets Beau Ryan out

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Matt Bowen takes a diving catch to take the kick 10m out from his own line

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UNFORCED ERROR NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
James Tamou makes an unforced error.

Pressure off the Sharks after James Tamou drops a simple ball, Sharks work it from their own 10

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PENALTY COWBOYS: A late tackle penalty helps the Cowboys up the field

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Sharks complete a great set of six, with the last tackle kick ending up on Cowboys tryline

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Classic backline play from the Sharks, set up by a huge run from Sam Tagatese on the play before, catch pass play on tackle 5 gives Beau Ryan the try in the corner

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Sharks working it away from their own end, cross the halfway on tackle 4

North Queensland Cowboys 6-0

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Todd Carney puts a kick through but comes straight off a Cowboys player and Thurston takes it on halfway

North Queensland Cowboys 6-0

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Cowboys complete their first set, Sharks have to work it out of their own 20m zone

North Queensland Cowboys 6-0

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TRY NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
Scored by Brent Tate. Conversion attempt by Johnathan Thurston successful.

The error comes back to hurt the Sharks, with a beautiful set piece from the scrum sees Brent Tate score, no problems for Jonathan Thurston in converting

North Queensland Cowboys 6-0

VIDEO REFEREE: Checking a possible try to Brent Tate, Referee Matt Cecchin says try - Checking a possible obstruction

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UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Sosaia Feki makes an unforced error.

First error of the match from Sosaia Feki, dropped the ball off the Thurston kick under no pressure

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Sharks complete their first set, Cowboys with possession heading towards halfway

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Juggle there from Luke Lewis but ruled to have held possession by the referees

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Referee Matt Cecchin calls time on, first possession with the Sharks who are defending the Southern (SCG) end

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Sharks coming out onto Allianz Stadium lead out by returning Captain Paul Gallen

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Cowboys out on the field led by Jonathan Thurston

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4:00 was scheduled Kick Off time - now 4:06 and likely to be another 5 minutes or so before play is underway

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Kick off not too far away, in the earlier Holden Cup match the Penrith Panthers scored a big 48-22 win over the Sydney Roosters

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TEAM NEWS - both the Sharks and Cowboys are as per program meaning the 18's and 19's named earlier in the week drop off the bench.
Sharks: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Ben Pomeroy 4. Jonathan Wright 5. Beau Ryan 6. Todd Carney 7. Jeff Robson 8. Andrew Fifita 9. John Morris 10. Sam Tagataese 11. Luke Lewis 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen
Interchange: 14. Isaac De Gois 15. Chris Heighington 16. Jayson Bukuya 17. Anthony Tupou

Cowboys: 1. Matthew Bowen 2. Wayne Ulugia 3. Brent Tate 4. Kane Linnett 5. Antonio Winterstein 6. Johnathan Thurston (c) 7. Robert Lui 8. Matthew Scott (c) 9. Rory Kostjasyn 10. James Tamou 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Glenn Hall 13. Joel Riethmuller
Interchange: 14. Jayden Hodges 15. Tariq Sims 16. Scott Bolton 17. Jason Taumalolo

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Referees: Matt Cecchin, Henry Perenara

Touch Judges: Jeff Younis, Michael Wise

Video Referee: Jason Robinson, Matt Rodwell

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (20)
Tries: Beau Ryan, Ben Pomeroy, Sam Tagataese, Sosaia Feki
Field Goals:
Conversions: Michael Gordon (2/4)
Penalty Goals:

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (18)
Tries: Brent Tate, Wayne Ulugia, Jason Taumalolo
Field Goals:
Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (2/3)
Penalty Goals: Johnathan Thurston (1/1)



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