Full Time
80:00
6:00pm Fri July 15, 2022
Round 18 - Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville - Crowd: 15982
80min

Full-time - Sharks 26 defeated Cowboys 12

78min

Clock running out. Sharks will get the victory here, three tries in two minutes might be too much, even for this Cowboys side

76min

First knock on from Luciano Leilua

74min

Connor Tracey ruled to have gone into touch. Great call from Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski

73min

Hiku's flick pass went straight to Michael Wise. Only problem is... he's the touch judge

72min

PENALTY SHARKS: Scott Drinkwater takes Matt Moylan high

71min

Kick went ten - but an escort by Chad Townsend

70min

Conversion: Sharks
Kicked by Nicho Hynes.

Hynes converts - 26-12 Sharks

Sharks lead Cowboys 12 - 26 Sharks
70min

Sione Katoa leaving the ground

69min

Try: Sharks
Scored by Sione Katoa. Kick to come.

Katoa goes from the scrum and races away to score for the Sharks. Poor tackle attempt from Scott Drinkwater

Sharks lead Cowboys 12 - 24 Sharks
68min

Chad Townsend hurt in this tackle and he lost the ball too. Appears to be OK though

68min

Sharks tiring through the middle here.

66min

Chad Townsend fails to get boot to ball and puts it down

65min

Nicho Hynes kicks it OUT on the FULL

65min

Good kick from the Hammer, strong chase from Scott Drinkwater and the Sharks work it out from their own end

63min

Tom Chester makes a play at it and knocks on

61min

Teig Wilton puts it down in the set after points. Poor from the Sharks.

61min

Conversion: Sharks
Kicked by Nicho Hynes.

Hynes converts - 20-12 Sharks lead

Sharks lead Cowboys 12 - 20 Sharks
60min

Try: Sharks
Scored by Teig Wilton. Kick to come.

Dropped by Hampton into the arms of Teig Wilton and the Sharks go in.

Sharks lead Cowboys 12 - 18 Sharks
59min

Set restart Sharks - 10m

59min

Well well well, if there was ever a moment where you needed the value of Jason Taumalolo it's that play. He broke through the middle and charged his way to the line! Sensational from the front rower... But we're off to the bunker and it's going to be NO TRY

57min

Set restart Cowboys - ruck infringement

57min

Cowboy 304 Tom Chester will be coming on the field as well making his first grade debut! Go well

56min

Toby Rudolf puts it down.

55min

Connelly Lemuelu puts it down. Good tackle from Nicho Hynes.

54min

Shark #553 Jesse Colquhoun is making his debut now. Good luck young man

53min

PENALTY COWBOYS: Markers not square

52min

Great set from the Cowboys - Sharks coming out of yardage now

51min

Poor last tackle option from the Sharks

50min

Luciano Leilua guilty of a loose carry there. Sharks breathe a sigh of relief

49min

We're back 13 v 13

49min

Nicho Hynes put WAY TOO MUCH on that kick.

47min

PENALTY SHARKS: Cowboys jump the gun

47min

Peta Hiku held up over the line

46min

Set restart Cowboys - ruck infringement

45min

Wade Graham loses the football here. No challenge here either - scrum to the Cowboys

45min

Sharks holding firm without Brailey - t-minus 2.5 minutes until his return

43min

Jesse Ramien can't handle the Nicho Hynes bomb. Changeover coming up for the Cowboys

42min

Big win in the possession game for the Sharks there - Cowboys struggled to get out of their own end.

41min

Both sides get through their opening sets.

40min

Off we go for the second 40 minutes here in Townsville

40min

Conversion: Cowboys
Kicked by Chad Townsend.

Townsend converts. Half-Time from Townsville and it's Cronulla 14 leading North Queensland 12

Sharks lead Cowboys 12 - 14 Sharks
38min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow. Kick to come.

13 v 12 and it's a mismatch. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow crosses for the Cowboys. Great pass from Chad Townsend and he picks out a gap between Wilton and Ramien

Sharks lead Cowboys 10 - 14 Sharks
38min

Too many set restarts I mean haha

38min

Brailey goes for 10! Too many sin bins

38min

Six more after it was played at - Nicho saves the day.

37min

Can the Sharks hang on before the break?

37min

Set restart Cowboys - ruck infringement

36min

Will Kennedy puts down the grubber

35min

Teig Wilton loses it in good ball territory

34min

Tom Gilbert taken on the last - changeover coming up

32min

No escort is the ruling that time. Sharks player ruled to have kept his line

31min

Toby Rudolf sends it dead with a HORRIBLE kick.

29min

Penalty Goal: Sharks
Kicked by Nicho Hynes.

Hynes adds the gift two points. Lead back out to two possessions - 14-6 in favour of the Sharks.

Sharks lead Cowboys 6 - 14 Sharks
27min

PENALTY SHARKS: Dale Finucane taken off the ball there according to Adam Gee

26min

Coen Hess loses the ball trying to play it.

26min

Conversion: Cowboys
Kicked by Chad Townsend.

Chad Townsend takes over the kicking duties for Val Holmes tonight and his first attempt is successful. 12-6 Sharks lead however

Sharks lead Cowboys 6 - 12 Sharks
25min

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

13 tries in 15 games against the Sharks now for Kyle Feldt. Great catch and pass from Luciano Leilua onto Peta Hiku who draws in Mulitalo and Kyle Feldt crosses for his first of the night. North Queensland do hit back!

Sharks lead Cowboys 4 - 12 Sharks
24min

Cowboys rolling up-field here. Continuing the theme of an end to end struggle here.

23min

Kick rolls dead - 7 tackle set

21min

Coen Hess has PASSED his HIA and will return

21min

Conversion: Sharks
Kicked by Nicho Hynes.

Hynes converts - 12-0 Sharks after 21 minutes.

Sharks lead Cowboys 0 - 12 Sharks
20min

Try: Sharks
Scored by Jesse Ramien. Kick to come.

Jesse Ramien gets it to the ground and gets his second of the contest. He's in good try scoring form as the Sharks extend their lead.

Sharks lead Cowboys 0 - 10 Sharks
20min

Adam Gee sending it up NO TRY for Jesse Ramien

19min

Moylan goes close - set restart Sharks - ruck infringement

18min

Great kick from Nicho Hynes, took an awful bounce for Scott Drinkwater and he has to kick it dead. Repeat set coming up for the visitors.

17min

Been an unhappy start for Scott Drinkwater - another mistake from the 1

17min

How much pressure can the Sharks handle?

15min

PENALTY COWBOYS: Sharks inside the 10m. Ronaldo Mulitalo intercepted it which negates the set restart.

14min

Grubber kick spilled by Teig Wilton.

14min

Big tackle from Connor Tracey saves four points.

12min

PENALTY COWBOYS: Blayke Brailey guilty of a second grab

11min

Poor pass from Scott Drinkwater. Normally so dynamic with his passing there. Just misfires

10min

Set restart Cowboys - 10m

9min

Ronaldo Mulitalo losing the football in the contest with Kyle Feldt.

8min

Set restart Cowboys - ruck infringement. Jake Granville replacing Hess

8min

Last tackle play was poor, Matt Moylan taken and losing the ball. Cowboys looking for a counter attack.

7min

Hess leaves for a HIA

7min

Toby Rudolf held-up over the line. Sharks brewing here for another one - Coen Hess down for the Cowboys - took an accidental elbow there

6min

Great kick from Nicho Hynes, Kyle Feldt unable to get back into the field of play.

5min

PENALTY SHARKS: Chad Townsend rakes at the ball illegally.

4min

Conversion: Sharks
Kicked by Nicho Hynes.

Great first start with the boot for Nicho Hynes as he nails it from touch. Sharks turn 4 into 6.

Sharks lead Cowboys 0 - 6 Sharks
3min

Try: Sharks
Scored by Jesse Ramien. Kick to come.

He can't stop scoring at the moment. Jesse Ramien bags his fourth in two weeks. Good shift from Moylan onto Will Kennedy and Jesse Ramien charges over for the opening try of the evening. A cheeky selfie for TRY JULY as well.

Sharks lead Cowboys 0 - 4 Sharks
2min

PENALTY SHARKS: Ronaldo Mulitalo taken out after he kicked the ball by Kyle Feldt.

1min

Both sides get through their opening sets. Important to note, North Queensland's socks are Men of League socks tonight.

OFF WE GO! Round 18 is underway. Sharks will get first use of it here tonight.

Adam Gee is the referee, Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski and Michael Wise are the touch-judges whilst Gerard Sutton is the man in the bunker.

Hello and thanks for joining us for LU's coverage of Round 18 of the NRL Telstra Premiership with the North Queensland Cowboys taking on the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. It's a big match for both sides as they're looking to cement their top 4 positions. Both sides are impacted and lacking some names following the Origin decider. The Cowboys lose QLD five-eighth Tom Dearden so Ben Hampton comes into the halves, with Tom Chester debuting on the interchange. Leilua gets a starting back-row spot with Connelly Lemuelu dropping back to the bench. Cronulla are without Siosifa Talakai after the NSW representative failed to overcome a shoulder injury, it's a rewarding night for Jesse Colquhoun who's earnt his debut on the bench. Kickoff coming up soon.

Referees & scorers:

Referee: Adam Gee

Touch Judges: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski, Michael Wise

Video Referee: Gerard Sutton

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (12)
Tries: Kyle Feldt, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
Field Goals:
Two Point Field Goals:
Conversions: Chad Townsend (2/2)
Penalty Goals:

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (26)
Tries: Jesse Ramien (2), Teig Wilton, Sione Katoa
Field Goals:
Two Point Field Goals:
Conversions: Nicho Hynes (4/4)
Penalty Goals: Nicho Hynes (1/1)