FULL TIME - Sharks end 44-24 winners.
Blayke Brailey kicks but Jack Hetherington dives on it and the Dogs won't let in 50.
Jake Averillo kicks it dead and a seven-tackle sit as the Sharks eye 50.
Trindall pushes it out to 44-24.
Braden Hamlin-Uele offloads and Tracey races away to score in the corner!
That should be it.
Jack Williams offloads, off Nick Meaney and Jake Averillo falls on it offside. Penalty right in front and Sharks will kick the goal.
Will Hopoate goes through and the Dogs are 10 out. There could be numbers on the left but Jake Averillo kicks and it is awful. Goes right to Sione Katoa. Way too low. Sharks now 30 out after a Will Kennedy run.
Connor Tracey tries to go wide to Sione Katoa but it goes into touch. Bulldogs ball on the 30.
Braydon Trindall kicks, it ricochets off Aaron Schoupp and then Trindall puts it dead but not played at so a dropout.
Sione Katoa looks to have stripped it one-on-one off Jayden Okunbor and the Sharks are 10 out. This could be it.
Jack Hetherington with the best run of the set. Inside half on the last and Lachlan Lewis kicks it to Will Kennedy. Sharks start the set on their own 25.
Close - Braydon Trindall step, step, step but just stopped. Handover.
Toby Rudolf with what looked an awful play-the-ball but no whistle. The ball then goes right and four Bulldogs try to stop a rampaging Jesse Ramien who wrestles to try get it down. It looked like he dropped it on Lachlan Lewis' leg but the Bunker rules the halfback stripped it out so it is a dropout.
Ronaldo Mulitalo earns a penalty for a crusher tackle. Dogs can't let in more points if they are any chance.
Back to 12 points.
Luke Thompson - he has been incredible tonight. Bounces off a number of tackles, pace and footwork and then flings it and Jake Averillo is there to score!
Back to an 18-point lead.
Way too easy as Blayke Brailey looks left then plays right for the prop who crashes over.
Jake Averillo rushed on the last and the kick goes to Sione Katoa in-goal. Seven-tackle set.
A six again for the Dogs and they are 30 out. Big chance here. They're well on top.
Luke Thompson with some great footwork to weave through and the Dogs are now 30 out. Lachlan Lewis to the air but Ronaldo Mulitalo has it and now the Sharks get a six-again. They need to wrestle back ascendancy.
More good signs for the Dogs as Jeremy Marshall-King spots some tired defenders and goes through the middle, finding Nick Meaney in support and the Dogs are 20 out. The last tackle doesn't lead to points but still positive signs here for them. Cronulla is shocked.
WHAT IS HAPPENING? Jake Averillo kicks and let Nick Meaney get on top and catch it. He then offloads for Napa who scores!
Averillo slots the goal.
A completely disjointed set in attack but Lachlan Lewis comes up with a perfect kick and Meaney catches it. Try!
An early error and the Dogs get an early chance to strike. Siosifa Talakai the man who dropped it.
Back for the second half.
Almost a NIGHTMARE for the Bulldogs. Nick Meaney throws an intercept. Ronaldo Mulitalo is AWAY but Will Hopoate chases him down and Mulitalo kicks ahead. Jayden Okunbor covers it. Bulldogs survive.
Lachlan Lewis charges down the early kick and the Dogs are 20 out but blow an overlap out right. They still have a few tackles 10 out.
Connor Tracey into the halves and an immediate impact as he plays short to the second rower who charges through flimsy defence.
An early penalty and Braydon Trindall finds touch before the 40.
Trindall converts as Shaun Johnson goes off with a hamstring injury.
Bulldogs really falling away. Sione Katoa streams down the right edge as Shaun Johnson engages the defence then puts Briton Nikora who links with Katoa. Kennedy backing up.
Can't kick it from the sideline.
Shaun Johnson floats it over the top and it looks too big but the ball bounces back in for Katoa who dives over.
Shaun Johnson kicks Aaron Schoupp does well and gets out of the in-goal area.
Shaun Johnson takes the line on and finds Blayke Brailey and if he plays it short Toby Rudolf would have scored but he tries himself and is held up.
Jayden Okunbor fumbles the bomb on the last and the Sharks have it back 10 out.
Trindall kicks the penalty goal from right in front.
Unnecessary late contact on Brailey and Thompson is sent to the bin.
Dylan Napa with the risky offload on the first hit-up and an error comes. Sharks ball 10 out.
Some strong runs recently and another one to score next to the posts!
Not much in that set that threatened the Sharks but Lachlan Lewis still forces a dropout so more pressure coming.
Luke Thompson with an inspired run and then Jake Averillo gets the dropout. Nice hitback Dogs.
12-0 now to the Sharks.
The long cut-out from Braydon Trindall and the Dogs' edge defence is caught out again.
Jeremy Marshall-King finds space in the middle and tries to link inside with some Dogs trailing but execution is off and the Sharks have it back in attacking territory.
An error though for Cronulla and the Bulldogs survive.
Nick Meaney kicks the restart out on the full.
Trindall slots it.
Sione Katoa gets his try this time as Shaun Johnson cuts it out to the winger. Compressed Dogs line caught out.
Holds onto it instead and later down the track Braydon Trindall then forces a dropout.
Briton Nikora bursts down the right edge, links with Jesse Ramien who could put Sione Katoa away but the winger would have been in front and it would have been a forward pass.
The kick on the last bounces poorly for Will Kennedy who has to track it down. Fortunately the Dogs chase is not strong and he has it.
Braydon Trindall's kick not threatening and the Dogs have it back. Jayden Okunbor now brings it past the 20, then it's the forwards carting it up.
An error from the Dogs inside the Cronulla 40.
A strong set with Jeremy Marshall-King testing the defence out of dummy-half before Josh Jackson charges hard and the Dogs are 10 out Jake Averillo's kick is poor though and the Sharks get it back after the ball spews into touch.
The Sharks goes to the right edge and Sione Katoa leaps over - try awarded but replays show he grounded it on the line. It won't be given.
Shaun Johnson to the air and Jayden Okunbor has it before being forced in-goal.
Jake Averillo with the early kick and Will Kennedy fields it. Not much to draw from that Bulldogs set. Sharks with strong field position as they enter the Dogs half on second.
Underway on the Gold Coast.
Good afternoon and welcome to today's live blog of the Bulldogs vs Sharks game - set to get underway in 5 minutes.
Referees & scorers:
Referees: Chris Sutton
Touch Judges: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski, Phil Henderson
Video Referee: Alan Shortall
CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS (24)
Tries: Luke Thompson, Jake Averillo, Nick Meaney, Dylan Napa
Conversions: Jake Averillo (4/4)
CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (44)
Tries: Sione Katoa (2), Ronaldo Mulitalo, Will Kennedy, Siosifa Talakai, Toby Rudolf, Connor Tracey
Conversions: Braydon Trindall (6/7)
Penalty Goals: Braydon Trindall (2/2)