Full Time
7:55pm Fri July 31, 2020
Round 12 - Suncorp Stadium - Crowd: 7390

Match Overview

Three tries in the final ten minutes has seen the Cronulla Sharks down the Brisbane Broncos 36-26 at Suncorp Stadium.

Trailing by eight heading into the closing stages, a game-changing effort from Cronulla captain Wade Graham to regain possession from a line drop out proved to be the catalyst for the Sharks' seventh win of the season.

Posting first points through Ronald Mulitalo (7th minute), the speedster withstood a late effort from Thomas Fleger to race 60 metres for his fourth try of the season.

Striking back after a lovely break from Herbie Farnworth in the lead up, Wiradjuri centre Kotoni Staggs (19th minute) marked his four-pointer with a post-try celebration in recognition of his Indigenous heritage.

Makeshift centre Siosifa Talakai (25th minute) was the next to score with a barge-over effort marking his first try in more than three years.

Appearing to take a narrow lead to the change of ends after Rhys Kennedy (32nd minute) and Richie Kennar (36th minute) scored their first tries for the club, the Broncos were left to rue a late strip that enable debutant Jackson Ferris (39th minute) to give the visitors an 18-14 lead.

Coming out of the sheds intent on breaking a wretched run of losses, a try-saving tackle to deny Mulitalo was soon followed by tries to Kennar (50th minute) and Staggs (56th minute) - both set up by fullback Darius Boyd in his best performance of the season.

Setting up the victory after Graham's remarkable effort to regain possession from a line drop out, tries to Sione Katoa (70th minute), Connor Tracey (74th minute) and Braden Hamlin-Uele (77th minute) saw the Sharks turn a 26-18 deficit into a 36-26 win.

Next week, the Broncos face the Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on Thursday night, while the Sharks take on the Eels at Kogarah on Sunday afternoon.

3. Wade Graham

Coming up with the game changing play late in the match, the Cronulla captain stood up when it mattered most.

2. Toby Rudolf

Running for over 200 metres off the bench, the Cronulla big man was strong for the visitors.

1. Darius Boyd

Coming up with four try-assists, the Brisbane veteran showed his class back in the number one jersey.