North Queensland vs Cronulla Results & Match Report

The Sharks outclassed the Cowboys at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, winning 26-12 to climb to second place alongside Todd Payten’s men.

Cronulla center Jesse Ramien kicked the scoring, charging down the line from the right side of the field before dancing in the middle of the park for his second.

After his hat-trick against the Storm in Round 17, Ramien has registered five tries in his last two appearances.

“Five tries in a game and a quarter,” said Fox League’s Brenton Speed.

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“I love it when he supports himself here, he’s had a golden run the last two weeks,” said Fox League’s Steve Roach.

But, the Cowboys fought back moments later thanks to a brilliant moment from Luciano Leilua.

The North Queensland mid-season rookie used his quick hands to find Peta Hiku in space, allowing Kyle Feldt to score.

“He can play Leilua…he’s going to be a find for this team,” Fox League’s Steve Roach said.

“That catch and pass there was the silver ball.”

After a moment of madness from Sharks hooker Blayke Brailey, the No.9 Cronulla was sent to the trash, allowing center Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow to spring over the line and score on the siren of the half time.

But, in the second half, Craig Fitzgibbon’s side proved too strong, with Teig Wilton and Sione Katoa scoring to close out the competition and snap the Cowboys’ four-game winning streak.

Fox League commentators were left baffled after barn striker Jason Taumalolo was deprived of what appeared to be a certain try at a crucial moment in the second half.

The No.13 used his sophisticated footwork, charging past defenders to cross.

But, the Bunker ruled that hooker Reece Robson obstructed defenders while running in support.

“Where is he supposed to go,” Speed ​​said.

“I don’t really agree with that, but that’s the rule,” Roach said.

“Blocking is a ridiculous rule…common sense in the box, there’s no common sense in this rule,” Brent Tate said.

Here are the three big takeaways from tonight’s clash!

THE HUGE LEILUA DISPLAY

The mid-season Cowboys rookie made his starting debut for the Cowboys on a late switch that proved a masterstroke by Todd Payten.

The North Queensland side were desperate to snatch the 26-year-old and have their man early, having already signed from 2023.

Without regular backrower Jeremiah Nanai, Leilua stood tall and led from the front, justifying his healthy $2.1 million three-year price tag.

Leilua recorded 72 running yards, seven tackles and a line break, but one moment stunned Fox League’s Steve Roach, using his quick hands to set up the Cowboys’ first down.

“He can play against Leilua…he’s going to be a find for this team,” Roach said.

“That catch and pass there was the silver ball.”

Fox League’s Brenton Speed ​​also made a big call, saying Leilua was already a fan favorite in Townsville.

“Already a fan favorite here in Townsville,” Speed ​​said.

“Leilua, what a discovery he has been…he’s powerful,” Roach said.

“He’s right, he ran into her!”

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SHARKS FLYING START

Two weeks in a row, the Sharks have flown out of the blocks.

Against the Cowboys, Jesse Ramien went wild to score two tries in 20 minutes, falling back from his hat-trick against the Storm.

Cronulla held a 12-0 lead after 20 minutes, and in Round 17 Craig Fitzgibbon’s side were leading 10-0 after the same time.

Fox League’s Michael Ennis pointed to the Sharks’ departure as the reason they had taken over two sides seen as premiership threats.

“It was a good start, we go back to those first 15 minutes where they dominated possession and took a lot of gas from the Cowboys side,” Ennis said.

The Sharks have also dominated possession in the early stages in recent weeks, enjoying 61% of the ball in the first 13 minutes of both encounters.

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While Nicho Hynes and Matt Moylan’s halftime partnership was solid again, another partnership was delivered for Craig Fitzgibbon’s side.

Moylan recorded three tackle jumps and a line break, while Hynes, on his return from contracting Covid, recorded an assist try and 354 yards kicking, earning praise from Fox League pundits.

“I thought the difference tonight was the class of Nicho Hynes and Matt Moylan, that combination in those key moments,” Michael Ennis said.

“At the end of the day, it was the Sharks’ class that brought them home,” Gorden Tallis said.

“Their offense for me is so impressive,” Benji Marshall said.

Meanwhile, the frontline duo of Toby Rudolf and Royce Hunt also stood tall.

Rudolf ran for 139 yards, including a tackle with 54 yards of post contact, while Royce Hunt was damaging, recording 89 running yards on 9 carries.

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Amanda J. Marsh