Cronulla races away from spirited Wests Tigers in 36-12 win

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Tim Sheens has refused accountable a controversial bunker name for contributing to Wests Tigers’ spirited 36-12 NRL loss to Cronulla which condemned the struggling membership to a fifth straight defeat.

Thursday evening’s win earlier than a crowd of 9215 at CommBank Stadium strikes Cronulla to second on the ladder, degree with Penrith however behind the premiers on factors differential.

The Tigers, who had been a lot improved from final week’s 74-0 loss to North Queensland, had been left to bemoan a recreation that acquired away from them on the again of a no-try name within the second half.

Along with his aspect trailing 18-12, Tigers centre Tommy Talau thought he had scored his second attempt of the evening and acquired his staff again into the competition.

Talau climbed above Nicho Hynes to say a kick and contact down within the fifty fifth minute.

The bunker noticed issues in another way, ruling that the Tigers centre had knocked the ball on into the Sharks No.7 as he tried to make the catch.

That call knocked the wind out of the Tigers’ sails, with Cronulla placing on 4 tries within the last 25 minutes to offer the scoreboard a beneficial slant.

However Sheens wouldn’t attribute the Talau choice because the catalyst for one more heavy loss.

“It was a tricky name,” Sheens mentioned.

“The little issues simply didn’t work for us tonight. They’re a great staff, Cronulla, and so they’ll know they’ve been in a recreation tonight.

“Coming off what occurred final week, I believe we confirmed that there’s loads of spirit within the boys.”

Winger Sione Katoa and wrecking ball centre Siosifa Talakai gave Cronulla an early benefit however the Tigers floor their method again into the sport to make it 12-12 at half-time, courtesy of Talau and Shawn Blore.

“Each tries had been poor defensive reads,” mentioned Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon, whose aspect had been opened up far too simply on the objective line.

“I assumed we defended strongly however two easy lapses was irritating.”

Regardless of a attempt to Katoa early into the second half the Tigers stored on Cronulla’s tails till Talau’s second attempt effort was dominated out.

After that let-off, Cronulla marched down the opposite finish and Jesse Ramien was in a position to catch a bomb to the in-goal to offer the Sharks a extra comfy buffer.

Talakai added a second, Hynes coasted in on a long-range break and Katoa grabbed his hat-trick on the loss of life to wrap issues up for the boys from the Shire.

Fitzgibbon is refusing to get carried away together with his aspect’s stand up the ladder forward of a tricky journey to face the Warriors in Auckland subsequent week.

“We have now simply acquired to maintain enjoying higher, we really feel like we’re enhancing in components which have allow us to down beforehand,” Fitzgibbon mentioned. “We’ve nonetheless acquired a bit to do.”

-AAP


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