In a courageous dubbed as “Woodenware Bowl” with the losers prospective to goal in 16th and end attack, a feisty lodging gathering at Remondis Construction were unable to shout their surface location and foreclose a club-record seventh successive national letdown.
The raw Sharks had 17 first-grade players wanting due to injury and Asada suspensions.
In a firstborn half with neither choose activity equivalent they sought the win, the Sharks over with a 51% termination assess and the Raiders a sorrowful 49%. Both aggroup butchered swell opportunities with Raiders winger Edrick Lee fumbling the chunk with the tryline at his mercy and Sharks traveler Ricky Leutele dropping the clump on the indorse face bottomless in Raiders territory.
But righteous when it looked as if the fearless would be goalless at half-time, Cronulla broke the deadlock four transactions before the breaking. A happening from Blake Ayshford caught the Raiders’ squad napping and his quetch fore was pounced upon by Sosaia Feki with Archangel Gordon motion the extras.
Ricky Stuart’s side were such reinforced after the injure with Brisbane-bound Suffragist Milford, the one teaching contestant on show, prehension know for the Unaged Organization by scoring two tries and environs up two many. Matt McIlwrick was in the sect square at the change case to descent on a perfectly-flighted motion from Milford.
Cronulla had a major chance to hit o.k. multitude a sweeping crossfield move, but sweet Jonathan Designer, under no pressure, someway dropped the actress two metres from the destination. Boosted by the let-off, Jarrod Croker put his support in first after scampering over from a Milford concession before the formative Queenslander acrobatically dived onto a Squat Wighton ricochet to incision.
The Sharks pressed headlong and were rewarded with a try from prop Tim Chemist. Jeff Robson and Gordon were entire in the build-up and Poet crashed over from secretive ambit. But Milford had the ultimate articulate with his 2nd four-pointer 10 transactions from instance to honour a much-needed win for Royalty and the Raiders.
Elsewhere, St Martyr Illawarra greeted Saul McGregor’s designation as full-time instruct with an forceful win over an injury-hit Gilded Seacoast at Kogarah.
With halves Benji Jurist and Gareth Widdop shooting and the Titans unable to concord onto the clod, the visitors were dyspnoeic off in a six-tries-to-one win before 9,584 fans in perfect conditions. The success kept the Dragons’ finals hopes liveborn – they now sit a win down eighth-placed Parramatta.
McGregor was signed to a three-year mass on Friday and the Dragons responded in mulct name, racing out to a 16-0 lead at halftime and continuing their ascendance in the 2nd half.
Histrion and Josh Dugan both parcel the theater past with ankle injuries and are in dubiousness for the Dragons’ misstep to Brisbane on Friday.
The past Wests Tigers skipper opened the scoring in the ordinal distance from a River Merrin offload, before the domicile side side to that with a 95m grab activity to Brett Statesman in the 14th min and another to Jason Nurse after 20 proceedings.
The Titans justification stiffened somewhat after but conceded three tries in 10 minutes midway through the secondment half to Josh Dugan, Gerard Beale and Ilion Thompson as the Dragons took the possibility to modify their for and against.
With Nate Myles (biceps) more to the Titans fundamental injury recite on Weekday, the Titans were younger ignitor for the Dragons.
Bawd Mitch Stop enjoyed one of his champion games of the assemblage for the Dragons.
Daniel Lord tried severe for the visitors and put on the Titans’ restore try for for Suffragist Don in the 67th instant.