A Todd Carney field goal has secured a 19-18 win over a late finishing Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium in front of 25,677.
The first half saw a scrappy affair on a slippery Suncorp surface as both sides failed to post any points during the first 40 minutes. The major incident out of the first half saw Wade Graham sidelined with a AC shoulder injury after only 12 minutes.
The second half saw a tight affair in the final 5 minutes as the Broncos scored two tries to give the Sharks a fright.
Josh Hoffman broke the deadlock after 53 minutes as he has stepped out of the tackle of the Sharks defenders to dart through off a pass from Ben Hunt. The Broncos jumped ahead to 6-0 with a Scott Prince conversion.
Cronulla returned serve just minutes later as Man of the Match Todd Carney provided a pin-point pass to Michael Gordon to stroll through the Broncos line. The game locked up after 58 minutes, 6-all.
Former NSW Blues five-eight, Carney, was on the mark as he broke free of the Broncos defence to link up with Jayson Bakuya to make it a 6 point lead after 66 minutes. The Sharks on a roll with possession flowing in their favour.
Corey Norman when from hero to zero in the space of 60 seconds as he first earned a penalty for the Broncos. However, at the other end of the field, he failed to take a catch of the kick which allowed Sosaia Feki to waltz over for the Sharks' third try. The boys from the Shire extended to 18-6 with 7 minutes on the clock.
Todd Carney slot the match winner as the field goal ended being the difference between the two sides. Despite the Broncos marching home with two late tries to Corey Oates and Jordan Kahu, it was not enough as time expired. The Sharks singing back to Sydney with a 19-18 victory.
Brisbane Broncos 18 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 19
Venue: Lang Park
Halftime Score: 0 all
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Todd Carney
2 points - Michael Gordon
1 point - Josh McGuire
BRISBANE BRONCOS (18)
Tries: Josh Hoffman, Corey Oates, Jordan Kahu
Conversions: Scott Prince (3/3)
CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (19)
Tries: Michael Gordon, Jayson Bukuya, Sosaia Feki
Field Goals: Todd Carney (1/1)
Conversions: Todd Carney (3/3)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
TEAM NEWS: Cronulla Sharks are unchanged from Tuesday, named 1-17. This will see Michael Gordon take the field after being sidelined for four weeks.
Meanwhile for the Broncos, the only change sees Ben Hannant ruled out with Scott Anderson replacing him in jersey 20
Broncos: 1. Corey Norman 2. Jordan Kahu 3. Corey Oates 4. Josh Hoffman 5. Lachlan Maranta 6. Scott Prince 7. Peter Wallace 15. David Hala 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Josh McGuire 11. Alex Glenn 12. David Stagg 13. Mitchell Dodds
Interchange: 14. Ben Hunt 16. Dunamis Lui 17. Lama Tasi 20. Scott Anderson
Sharks: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Stewart Mills 4. Jonathan Wright 5. Nathan Stapleton 6. Todd Carney 7. Jeff Robson 8. Bryce Gibbs 9. John Morris 10. Sam Tagataese 11. Jayson Bukuya 12. Wade Graham (c) 13. Chris Heighington
Interchange 14. Isaac De Gois 15. Tyrone Peachey 16. Mark Taufua 17. Ben Ross
Josh McGuire makes an unforced error.
Josh McGuire wasn't ready to take the pass as he looked to change direction and dropped it cold. Sharks with the scrum feed 40 metres out from their own line
Lachlan Maranta makes an unforced error.
Lachlan Maranta jumped for the ball in the contest of the Peter Wallace kick and it's a knock on ruled. Sharks with possession 10 metres from their line. Meanwhile Wade Graham has come off the field for the Sharks with the trainer
Corey Norman makes an unforced error.
Corey Norman has dropped the ball as he attempted to offload the ball in a tackle. Possession handed over to the Sharks 30 metres from their own line through a scrum feed
Tyrone Peachey makes an unforced error.
Tyrone Peachey has coughed up possession straight back to the Broncos has he was tackle hard. Broncos back on the attack 40 metres from the Sharks goal line
And update on Wade Graham, he is in the sheds with medical staff with a shoulder injury. He is unlikely to return at this stage
Mitchell Dodds makes an unforced error.
Mitchell Dodds has dropped the ball as the Broncos attempted the short passing game at the try line, Sharks come up with possession on their 10 metre line.
Jeff Robson makes an unforced error.
Jeff Robson has dropped the ball as the Sharks attempted to spread the ball across the blind side. Broncos with the scrum feed on their own 10 metre line. 30 minutes gone here and still no score
Tyrone Peachey makes an unforced error.
Tyrone Peachey comes up with a poor play of the ball as he tried to play it quickly. the mistake gives the Broncos a scrum feed 40 metres from the Sharks goal line
Josh Hoffman has stepped and dived out of the tackle of the Sharks defenders as he darted away off a pass from Ben Hunt out of acting half. Scott Prince converts from out wide
Brisbane Broncos 6-0
Scored by Michael Gordon. Conversion attempt by Todd Carney successful.
Michael Gordon has slipped between the Broncos defence as he took a short pass from Todd Carney. Carney with the conversion from the western side of the field slots the conversion to lock the game up
Scored by Jayson Bukuya. Conversion attempt by Todd Carney successful.
Todd Carney has broken free of the Broncos defence to run 20 metres to link up with Jayson Bakuya to race away to score the Sharks second try. Carney on fire so far tonight for the team from the Shire, he converted to make it a six point lead
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12-6
Scored by Sosaia Feki. Conversion attempt by Todd Carney successful.
Sosaia Feki has simply cleaned up the mistake from Corey Norman who failed to take the bomb from Carney. Feki with an easy four-pointer to extend the lead. Carney with the conversion on the western side adds the two points
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 18-6
Field goal attempt by Todd Carney successful.
Todd Carney has snapped a low field goal from 30 metres out and extends the lead to 13 points.
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 19-6
Scored by Corey Oates. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince successful.
Corey Oates has rolled through the Sharks defence to post the Broncos 2nd four-pointer of the night. Scott Prince with the conversion slots the goal to close the gap
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 19-12
Scored by Jordan Kahu. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince successful.
Jordan Kahu has charged over in the corner for the Broncos as they played hot potato football. Scott Prince with a beautiful strike from the eastern side makes it a 1 point gap
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 19-18