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NYC Rd 17 Brisbane 24 Cronulla 30

The Sharks NYC team have pushed back towards the top eight, withholding a late Broncos surge to win 30-24 at Suncorp Stadium.
NYC Rd 17 Brisbane 24 Cronulla 30
by NRL

The Sharks NYC team have pushed back towards the top eight, withholding a late Broncos surge to win 30-24 at Suncorp Stadium.

The Broncos mounted a second half comeback but the Sharks held on in recording a gutsy 30-24 victory.

The bench and coaching staff held their collective breath as the Broncos came storming back from a 30-6 deficit but in the end they had left themselves too much work to do as the Sharks held on for an important victory.

Sitting two points out of the top eight the Sharks needed a win to keep their finals hopes alive and that's exactly what they got with their 30-24 triumph.

The match began with defense dominating and it took more than 20 minutes before first points were registered, Broncos back rower Caleb Timu crashing over for his side to lead 6-0 after a successful conversion.

Undeterred by their opponents first try the Sharks responded and when hooker Michael Lichaa made an inroad up the middle before offloading for a rampaging Joel Tubbs to score the visiting Cronulla team had bridged the gap.

Jake Walsh kicked the extra two points and 30 minutes in the match was now level at six-apiece.

Gaining some ascendency in the back end of the half the Sharks again went on the attack, with a Paul McClory try, converted by Walsh, seeing them go to the break 12-6 ahead.

Starting the second 40 minutes the way they finished the first, the Sharks would extend the margin when local De La Salle junior Reece Davidson, in his debut match in the NYC, scored after showing good strength to carry a couple of would-be defenders over the line.

Again Walsh kicked truly from close range and the Sharks had opened up a handy 18-6 advantage.

Now well and truly on the front foot further tries to Sione Masima and Lichaa sent the Sharks to what appeared to be a match winning 30-6 lead however the Broncos, who had fought back from 26-0 behind to win against Souths just a week ago, had other ideas.

Three Brisbane tries, scored through a combination of clever attacking play and some tired Sharks defense saw them claw back to trail by only six with more than seven minutes remaining in the match.

That would be as close as the Brisbane boys would get an although coach James Shepherd was forced to endure a few anxious moments in the final exchanges the Sharks would hold to record their seventh win of the season.

The Sharks had a host of strong performers on the night, with fullback Kyle Eather continuing to impress, winger Zac Rasmussen did some good things in his first match back after a long layoff, while Lichaa at hooker was dangerous in attack.

Now with seven wins, seven losses and one draw, for 19 competition points, the Sharks have managed to remain within striking distance of the top eight with nine rounds of the regular season still to be played.

The next match for the Toyota Cup Sharks will be against the Sydney Roosters on Monday night.

(J Tubbs, P McClory, R Davidson, M Lichaa, S Masima Tries; J Walsh 5/5 Goals)
(C Timu, M Frei, C Oates, F Molo Tries; B Hegarty 4/4 Goals)

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