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Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 10 v Wests Tigers 22
at Toyota Park
Referees: Steve Clark
The Tigers have come away away with a strong performance in the second half to defeat the Sharks 22-10 at Toyota Park.
The Tigers got off to a great start when Hodgson put Galea into score and give the Tigers a 6-0 lead after 5 minutes. The Tigers had all the possession in the first 15 but couldn't post further points as the Sharks started to get the ball in better field position.
The Sharks hit back in the 28th minute when Kingston scored on the back of some good lead up work to level the scores. The Sharks soon hit the lead through a penalty goal to Covell and they held an 8-6 lead at halftime.
The Tigers came out playing attacking football in the second half and they hit back to take the lead when Elford took the high ball to score in the 54th minute . From the kick off the Tigers kept the ball alive to Fitzhenry who scored an amazing try after beating severeal defenders to give the Tigers a 16-8 lead.
The Sharks kicked a penalty goal to reduce the lead to a converted try but the Tigers soon crossed again to put the match out of reach with a try to Dean Collis. The Sharks never looked likely in the last 10 minutes as the Tigers held on for a strong win.
Brett Hodgson and Keith Galloway both had strong games and were best for the Tigers. Next week the Tigers travel to the nations capital to take on the Raiders whilst the Sharks travel to Aussie Stadium to tackle the Roosters.
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 10
Tries: Kevin Kingston
Goals: Luke Covell 3/3
Wests Tigers: 22
Tries: Dean Collis, Shane Elford, Daniel Fitzhenry, Ben Galea
Goals: Brett Hodgson 3/4
Halftime: Sharks 8-6
By the Clock:
Welcome to Toyota Park for today's clash between the Sharks and the Tigers.
The Sharks will be looking to bounce back from last weeks defeat and cement a place back in the top 4 whilst the Tigers will try to halt a 2 match losing streak and stay in touch with the top 8.
Both Adam Dykes & Nigel Vagana celebrate 200 NRL first grade games.
The Sharks kick off..
3 min: NEWS The Tigers get a penalty and go on the attack only to lose the ball.
5 min: TRY Wests Tigers
The Tigers get the ball back from a Sharks error and they make them pay as Hodgson slips a nice ball for Galea to score. Conversion successful.
6 min: NEWS The Sharks give possession back to the Tigers 10 metres out from their line.
7 min: NEWS Goal line dropout Sharks.
9 min: NEWS It's all the Tigers here as they force another goal line drop out.
14 min: NEWS The Sharks get the ball in good field position after a forward pass from the Tigers, but Todd Payten comes up with the intercept.
19 min: NEWS The Tigers make a meal of the high ball to give the Sharks their best chance.
22 min: NEWS The Sharks pick up a 40/20 through Adam Dykes.
23 min: NEWS The Sharks throw the ball into touch from the scrum to blow a golden chance.
26 min: NEWS Greg Bird makes a great break and has Darren Albert in support but goes the other way and they blow a certain try.
28 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland Sharks
Kimmorley runs to the line and puts Laiseni into the hole and Kingston backs up to score under the post. Conversion successful
31 min: PENALTY GOAL Cronulla Sutherland Sharks
Covell converts from a penalty and the Sharks now hit the lead
35 min: NEWS The Sharks give away a silly penalty on the last tackle to give the Tigers a good chance.
39 min: NEWS Scrappy play by both sides as they commit error after error.
41 min: NEWS The Tigers get us underway in he second half.
44 min: NEWS Goal line drop out Sharks.
50 min: NEWS Still no change to the haltime score, end to end play
54 min: TRY Wests Tigers
Farrah puts the kick in and Elford flies high to take the ball to score and put the Tigers back in front. Conversion unsuccessful
56 min: TRY Wests Tigers
The Tigers score straight away from the kickoff as Fitzhenry shows great pace to evade the defenders to score an amazing try. Conversion successful.
58 min: NEWS Lance Thompson leaves the field with an injured shoulder.
60 min: NEWS Goal line dropout to the Tigers.
64 min: PENALTY GOAL Cronulla Sutherland Sharks
Covell converts after getting back to back penalties and brings the difference back to a converted try.
69 min: TRY Wests Tigers
The Tigers keep the ball alive and Collis picks the ball up off his toes and runs in to score the try. Conversion successful
72 min: NEWS The Tigers look to be home.
75 min: NEWS The Tigers almost score another try but put the ball down.
Fulltime.. The Tigers have been to strong for the Sharks in the second half to run out with a 12 point win.
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 - Brett Hodgson
2 - Keith Galloway
1 - Robert Farah