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The Bears S G Ball side have returned serve on their loss against Parramatta in a thrilling match at Toyota Park on Saturday.
The Sharks controlled the game for most of the first half scoring 2 converted tries but after some momentum created by a few penalties winger Curtis Johnston was able to open the slate with a four pointer for his side.
It was powerful half Ashley Calvert-Evers who was able to post the next points for Norths after a magnificent break and run by Braiden Groth to make it 12-10 in the Sharks favour after a conversion by Brad Horder.
Forward Dane Stretton lead the way in the second stanza with bone crunching defence and taking some spectacular hits from the Sharks defence. The Bears then responded to the half time rev up in the sheds with a magnificent try worthy of the Bulldogs back line of the 80s. The ball feed along the entire Bears back line to give Braden Groth a four pointer 14-12 to the Bears.
An arm-wrestle ensued with both sides coming close to scoring. However it was the Sharks scored first to lead 18-14. In the last 30 seconds of the match it was the Bears who had the ball and the momentum and a desperate battle to the try line sent Mosese Vaka over as the siren sounded. Brad Horder