Full Time
80:00
6:00pm Fri June 18, 2021
Round 15 - Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville - Crowd: 13926
80min

FULLTIME :: Sharks hold off a late Cowboys charge to win 26-24.

79min

2 Point Field Goal: Cowboys
Attempted by Valentine Holmes.

Wise play from Taumalolo. He dropped just over the 40 so Holmes can have a shot. He sprays it.

Sharks lead Cowboys 24 - 26 Sharks
78min

Johnson runs it on last. Cowboys have to go the full length.

77min

PENALTY SHARKS! High shot. Robson is off to the bin.

77min

Time off! Tolman looking dusty.

77min

Robson tries to go himself on last. He is captured.

76min

Suddenly we have a game! Four to go.

75min

Conversion: Cowboys
Kicked by Valentine Holmes.

Holmes has a kick from a similar spot. He wastes no time, kicks it.

Sharks lead Cowboys 24 - 26 Sharks
74min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Kyle Feldt. Kick to come.

Feldt sneaks in a second try.

Sharks lead Cowboys 22 - 26 Sharks
74min

PENALTY COWBOYS! High shot on Holmes.

73min

Conversion: Cowboys
Kicked by Valentine Holmes.

Holmes kicks it quickly.

Sharks lead Cowboys 18 - 26 Sharks
73min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Kyle Feldt. Kick to come.

GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! Feldt just got it to the line.

Sharks lead Cowboys 16 - 26 Sharks
73min

BUNKER TIME! Kyle Feldt might have just found the line. Goes up NO TRY.

71min

That sums up the Cowboys tonight. A lock being at dummy half twice near the end of the set. Tame kick and Sharks can see this out.

70min

Into the final ten. Cowboys will need something big to get out of this.

67min

Cowboys tried to force it down the shortside. They ran out of room and Bowen goes out.

66min

Holmes goes short and almost does it on his own!

65min

Conversion: Sharks
Kicked by Shaun Johnson.

Another tough kick for Johnson. He can take it out to 14 points. The half takes his time, puts it over the middle.

Sharks lead Cowboys 12 - 26 Sharks
64min

Try: Sharks
Scored by Will Chambers. Kick to come.

Sharks go short and Chambers strolls over.

Sharks lead Cowboys 12 - 24 Sharks
64min

Johnson tries a 40/20. It hit a Cowboy and Rudolf was there to regather. Set restarted.

62min

It's a miracle. Both sides kicked the ball. Cowboys still trail by eight and need to find something quickly to win this game.

61min

Now. Johnson is caught on last. He tried a trick play with Moylan but it was shut down.

59min

Again. Cowboys caught on last. Dearden set Bowen up for a dump.

58min

Sharks try the inside out ball to Kennedy but it was forward.

56min

WHAT A PLAY FROM KENNEDY! He does a top rope dive to save the ball and knock it back in for the Sharks. They get possession now through Tracey.

55min

PENALTY COWBOYS! High shot.

55min

Sharks refused to die with the ball in that set. Johnson kicks for himself but the rebound falls to a Cowboys.

52min

Cowboys were muddled in that set. Dearden tried to gather before he had it, ruled back then there is an error from Robson off the offload. CHALLENGE from the Cowboys. UNSUCCESSFUL. Accidental offside. Sharks ball.

51min

Oh no, Ronaldo. What happened there?! He was just strolling to the ball and loses it.

50min

Ten gone and both sides just rolling through the sets. Nothing major happened.

47min

That wasn't the Wright pass and the forward coughs it up.

45min

Holmes tries to burrow over but he is well taken. Tackle five.

44min

Johnson with a tame kick and it's caught on the full. Seven tackle set for the Cowboys.

42min

Not the start the Cowboys needed. Javid Bowen coughs it up.

40min

We're back out for the second half! Sharks hold an eight-point advantage and look to move back into the top eight. Here we go for an intriguing forty minutes.

40min

HALFTIME :: Sharks lead by eight in a see-sawing half.

40min

Sharks were on the front foot. Tqo quick plays on the left but it breaks down at Chambers.

37min

Conversion: Sharks
Kicked by Shaun Johnson.

Kick from out wide for Johnson. He takes it from the left, he squeezed it between the sticks.

Sharks lead Cowboys 12 - 20 Sharks
36min

Try: Sharks
Scored by Ronaldo Mulitalo. Kick to come.

Straight from the scrum. Sharks sweep left and fitting for the Euros. Ronaldo scores.

Sharks lead Cowboys 12 - 18 Sharks
36min

Holmes is being driven back and he tries to offload. It went straight to a Shark who dives over. Referee rules it was held. Sharks scrum.

33min

Last two sets, Cowboys have kicked early in the count. Caught the Sharks back three napping both times but Tracey wears the hit and the visitors are back with the ball.

29min

Conversion: Cowboys
Kicked by Valentine Holmes.

Holmes from a wider range this time. He studies, puts it over.

Sharks lead Cowboys 12 - 14 Sharks
28min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Francis Molo. Kick to come.

Cowboys strike back! Lachlan Burr busted into the backline. The backrower looked ready to plant it down but Kennedy holds on. Next tackle, a charging Molo won't be stopped.

Sharks lead Cowboys 10 - 14 Sharks
27min

Johnson goes cross-field but Nikora knocks it on.

25min

Johnson goes high again and gets the result! Sharks have a full set at the line.

24min

Penalty Goal: Sharks
Kicked by Shaun Johnson.

Johnson opts for the sticks. The Kiwi internationl raises the flags.

Sharks lead Cowboys 6 - 14 Sharks
23min

PENALTY SHARKS! High shot.

22min

PENALTY SHARKS! Granville touches it forward and touches Tuilagi. Easy call. Worry though that the Sharks didn't compete for the ball.

21min

Moylan goes close. He dummies and takes on the line. Checking for an error. Moylan might have bobbled it. He has.

21min

Time off! Hammer got stopped. He isn't looking flash and might be off for a HIA. It looks like the centre got his head in the wrong position.

20min

PENALTY SHARKS! Hess goes high.

19min

Sharks since their first try have gone aerial. Every bomb from Johnson has been contested and Nikora went close but it fell straight to the Cowboys man.

17min

Cowboys are stampeding their way to the line now. A set restart gets them deep into Sharks territory but the kick on last is well taken by Kennedy. He dives into the field of play.

16min

Conversion: Cowboys
Kicked by Valentine Holmes.

Holmes boots it over from close range.

Sharks lead Cowboys 6 - 12 Sharks
15min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Tom Dearden. Kick to come.

Tom Dearden strolls through. The former Bronco found the weak link in the line, got a head of steam and slices through.

Sharks lead Cowboys 4 - 12 Sharks
14min

PENALTY COWBOYS! Strip. Can they create something off this.

13min

Conversion: Sharks
Kicked by Shaun Johnson.

Johnson makes it a dozen.

Sharks lead Cowboys 0 - 12 Sharks
11min

Try: Sharks
Scored by Aaron Woods. Kick to come.

Sharks with the one-two punch! Siosifa Talakai skittled the defenders. Quick ptb and Woods spun across the try-line.

Sharks lead Cowboys 0 - 10 Sharks
10min

Oh dear. Cowboys kick it OUT ON THE FULL. Cowboys will have Feldt that kick after this set of defense.

10min

Conversion: Sharks
Kicked by Shaun Johnson.

Johnson with his first kick of the night. He swings it over.

Sharks lead Cowboys 0 - 6 Sharks
9min

Try: Sharks
Scored by Connor Tracey. Kick to come.

The tale of two kicks. Cowboys one went dead. Johnson delivers a perfect kick that Tracey just dives onto to open the scoring.

Sharks lead Cowboys 0 - 4 Sharks
8min

Cowboys try an inside out ball to the rampaging Taumalolo but the lock can't handle it.

7min

Both sides getting through their sets here. Sharks starting to get some bite though. Cowboys having to corrall themselves from their own end.

4min

Close but no cigar. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow grounded it dead. Seven tackle set coming.

4min

BUNKER TIME! Drinkwater with a short kick through for the Hammer to chase. He might have bounced it though.

2min

Good kick from Drinkwater and the Sharks ruck it out. Mulitalo is driven back and in-goal. Dropout.

1min

We have our first set restart. Kyle Feldt gets it with a lingering hand in the ruck. Cowboys will go over halfway now.

First out are the Sharks. They are sporting the spiffy Mark Hughes Foundation beanies as they enter the lush turf in Townsville in their blue, white and blue strip. Next are the Cowboys. They are also wearing the beanies and in their home kit. Here we go!

Happy Friday! Hope everyone is safe and ready for some rugby league! We start north of the border. North Queensland Cowboys host Cronulla Sharks in Townsville. The Cowboys have won five straight at the home ground and welcome the Sharks who are riding high after beating competition leaders Panthers. The hosts are sitting seventh while the Sharks are aiming to move themselves back into the top eight. Sit back, relax and grab some snacks for the game! Kick-off is set for 6pm.

Referees & scorers:

Referee: Peter Gough

Touch Judges: Wyatt Raymond, Liam Kennedy

Video Referee: Matt Noyen

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (24)
Tries: Tom Dearden, Francis Molo, Kyle Feldt (2)
Conversions: Valentine Holmes (4/4)

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (26)
Tries: Connor Tracey, Aaron Woods, Ronaldo Mulitalo, Will Chambers
Conversions: Shaun Johnson (4/4)
Penalty Goals: Shaun Johnson (1/1)