MATCH CENTRE: Wests Tigers vs Cronulla Sharks
Nicho Hynes puts Cameron McInnes into a hole who storms down field and passes to Will Kennedy to score. 30-0.
“This could become a very big score because that was far too easy, that was training run stuff,” Alexander said.
Sharks’ fan favourite Toby Rudolf was convinced he’d scored off a kick into the in-goal but was ruled to have knocked on into Tyrone Peachey.
Sharks get the scrum as Peachey knocked on first and Jesse Ramien made them pay with brilliant individual effort to score in the corner. 24-0.
“Right from the outset Jesse Ramien has thrown himself into this game,”
“Ramien had Kotoa on the outside but Ramien was strong enough to score.”
We have another pitch invader for the second night in a row and this time a bloke has run onto the field holding a flare.
He ran into the middle of the field and was standing next to the players before security arrived.
“I’ve never seen an intruder with a flare in all my time in rugby league,” Andrew Voss said.
“These are quite extraordinary pictures at the home of Cronulla.”
Moments later a second person ran onto the field.
“Quite a hold up here. Not what we need or want. Nobody is laughing,” Voss said.
A female streaker briefly held up proceedings in the Eels’ clash against the Titans on the Gold Coast on Saturday night.
As Mitch Moses lined up his last conversion, the halfback was pictured laughing at the intruder alongside referee Peter Gough.
The Tigers first attacking chance with a defused bomb that gifts the Sharks a seven-tackle set and they go coast to coast.
Ronaldo Mulitalo finishes the team try and Nicho Hynes converts. 20-0. These teams are in different classes. The Tigers now haven’t scored a try in over 160 minutes of football.
“They kicked three penalty goals last week. Their last try was in Round 3 in the 39th minute against the Warriors,” Duke said.
The Tigers’ second half starts disastrously when no dummyhalf allowed Sharks centre Jesse Ramien to pounce on the ball just 20m out from the line.
“Well that’s unforgivable not to get to dummyhalf,” Alexander said.
“The first set the Tigers are putting together of the second half and they can’t get a dummyhalf there in time.”
Luckily the mistake didn’t cost the Tigers any points as Sharks forward Andrew Fifita lost control of the ball while crashing over the line.
The Sharks are in complete control and ahead 14-0 at the break. The only blemish was Braden Hamlin-Uele being put on report and losing Teig Wilton to an HIA which he looks likely to fail. The Tigers need a massive second half.
The Tigers challenge a penalty for Thomas Mikaele taking out Will Kennedy who was chasing his own kick – and it’s wildly unsuccessful.
“That’s an awful, awful, awful challenge. Outrageous from the Tigers,” Andrew Voss said.
Greg Alexander added: “They didn’t need to roll the dice there.”
Sione Katoa then crosses in the corner a few plays later as the Sharks demolition job continues. 14-0.
Sharks second-rower Tieg Wilton removed from the game by doctors in the bunker.
“He immediately showed concussion symptoms in that last tackle. He stumbled onto his feet,” Fox League sidline reporter Jake Duke said.
Greg Alexander responded: “Well if those were the signs then he’ll be a category one and won’t be back today.”
Sharks playmaker Matt Moylan throws a cut-out pass to Jesse Ramien who puts Sione Katoa into score. 10-0.
Sharks enforcer Braden Hamlin-Uele is put on report for a high shot on Kelma Tuilagi.
“It’s very hard for fans to understand these decisions,” Andrew Voss said.
Tigers hooker Jacob Liddle drops one cold on halfway to gift the Sharks field position. Hynes wastes no time and off the scrum sets up Ronaldo Mulitalo to score in the corner. But replays show To’a atones his earlier mistake with a try-saving tackle, doing just enough to drag his left foot into touch.
“His boot just brushed the top of the grass there,” Greg Alexander said in the Fox League commentary.
Tigers fill-in fullback Starford To’a puts down a bomb and Toby Rudolf pounces on the mistake to set up Briton Nikora to score under the posts. 6-0.
Tigers first attacking chance inside the Sharks’ 20m and Luke Brooks throws a blatantly forward pass to Luciano Leilua.
Sharks march straight down into Tigers’ territory but halfback Nicho Hynes – who has enjoyed a stellar start to season – puts down a sloppy pass from the dummyhalf.
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The Tigers will be without star fullback Daine Laurie for their clash with the Sharks, after he tested positive for Covid at the ground.
“Hearing Daine Laurie could be out for Wests Tigers today. Tested positive to COVID at the ground,” Michael Chammas tweeted.
Off-season recruit Starford To’a will slot in at fullback for Michael Maguire.
Craig Fitzgibbon and the high-flying Sharks will be hoping to put on a clinic against Michael Maguire’s struggling Tigers.
Sharks recruit Nicho Hynes has led the way for the Cronulla side, recording four try assists to steer his side to three wins.
The 24-year-old has been a revelation after joining from the Storm as the Sharks sit fourth on the NRL ladder.
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Backrower Briton Nikora has this week revealed he wants to remain in Cronulla, as the Tigers voiced their desire to snatch him away.
The Tigers will miss out on their man and face up against him attempting to record their first win of the 2022 season.
Maguire has been under immense pressure after a string of poor performances, while star halfback Luke Brooks has failed to fire.
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