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Edrick Lee scored the primary of his aspect’s 4 tries within the Sharks’ win over the Bulldogs. (AAP: Craig Golding )
Cronulla Sharks have prolonged their NRL profitable streak to 5 fits with a gutsy but scrappy 22-16 defeat of Canterbury, jumping into 5th spot.
The Sharks’ win got here after league leaders the Dragons confirmed once more why they’re on best with a win over the Raiders in Mudgee.
After a sluggish get started and a troublesome month marred by means of accidents, Shane Flanagan’s males are actually have a 7-Four win-loss document and warming into the season.
With skipper Paul Gallen (knee) and Josh Dugan (foot) making their returns from damage, the Sharks were not at all times lovely however were given the process accomplished in entrance of 14,004 at Shark Park.
The Canine handiest led as soon as, after Josh Morris’ opening attempt, however got here again to earth after last-week’s win over Parramatta, falling to a Three-Eight document.
Sharks prop Andrew Fifita persisted his stellar shape, working for 171 metres and making 33 tackles.
His reverse David Klemmer despatched a reminder to NSW Beginning selectors with 233 metres off the bench.
After ratings had been degree at 10-10 at half-time, Jesse Ramien sliced via 4 defenders to offer the Sharks a six-point merit.
The Bulldogs’ were given their 3rd attempt within the left-hand nook when Brett Morris completed off a pointy motion made conceivable by means of some fast palms from Kerrod Holland to get again inside of two issues.
From the 43rd to the 67th minute the Bulldogs had a run of 5 consequences and the drive sooner or later advised when Matt Prior crashed excessive of Jeremy Marshall-King for what proved the match-clinching attempt.
Kieran Foran had a possibility to arrange a grandstand end however grounded the ball inches in need of the road.
Previous, the Bulldogs struck first when Josh Morris left Ramien greedy at air to convey up his 100th attempt for Canterbury.
However an Edrick Lee reaction 5 mins later and a deft Matt Moylan chip for Valentine Holmes quickly gave the house aspect the lead.
Ratings had been locked at 10-10 on the smash after Moses Mbye produced a super tap-on for Brett Morris sooner than the Bulldogs primary knocked over a penalty conversion.
The Sharks loved the ascendancy within the second-half however a Mbye penalty function were given the Canine again inside of six, then again could not have the opportunity to ship it into golden level.
Dragons edge the Raiders in Mudgee
Jack de Belin used to be certainly one of 3 try-scorers for the Dragons of their win over the Raiders in Mudgee. (AAP: Dan Himbrechts)
An electrical 50-metre attempt from St George Illawarra fullback Matt Dufty has edged the Dragons to a aggravating seven-point win over Canberra as they consolidated best spot at the NRL ladder.
Ratings had been locked at 18-all with ten mins to move on Sunday when Dufty burnt 4 defenders on a scything run that introduced the Mudgee crowd of Eight,962 to their ft.
Dufty’s game-winner got here after being desirous about two incidents within the first half of that two times led to Dragons’ penalty targets and a Raiders participant reported on each events.
Canberra had a few pictures at the Dragons line to power golden level, then again Dragons captain Gareth Widdop sealed a 25-18 win with a 77th-minute box function.
Dufty’s attempt additionally got here after two extra long-range efforts at Glen Willow Oval destined for spotlight reels.
The Raiders had been main 12-10 when Dragons hooker Cameron McInnes scooted out of dummy half of and hit a surging Jack de Belin, who discovered a supporting Dufty sooner than kicking forward for Widdop to dive over the tryline.
Canberra winger Jordan Rapana hit again with a 50-metre run off a handy guide a rough faucet, handiest to be sin-binned 5 mins later for a certified foul that led to Widdop’s penalty that equalled the ratings quickly after.
The win approach the Dragons stay two issues transparent of Penrith and the Warriors in best spot, whilst the Raiders stay 4 issues out of doors the highest 8.
The Raiders were given over the road thrice within the opening 13 mins however had been denied two times, with Nick Cotric’s nook end offering the outlet issues of the competition.
The Dragons answered via a cushy de Belin four-pointer beneath the posts, sooner than gifting one again to Joseph Leilua by means of bizarrely giving up on a play on their very own tryline.
Then again some ill-discipline from the Raiders price them a half-time lead, with a prime take on by means of Josh Papalii and shoulder rate by means of Joseph Tapine — each on Dufty — touchdown them on file.
Widdop nailed penalty targets on each events, leading to a 10-all scoreline on the smash.
Tapine used to be additionally desirous about a sickening head conflict halfway during the first half of that led to play being stopped, however used to be cleared by means of scientific team of workers of any concussion.