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Four Pointers: Canterbury Bulldogs 18 Cronulla Sharks 20

The Cronulla Sharks have stolen a 20-18 victory from the Canterbury Bulldogs via a 78th minute converted try to Ricky Leutele giving the visitors the lead for the first time in the match.

Maloney shows his nerves of steal in game of inches
Having kicked just one from three previous attempts, James Maloney found himself with the task of nailing a conversion from the side line to win the game for his side. He coolly slotted the extras to send the Cronulla team in to raptures, the kick scraping the left upright in another example of rugby league being a game of inches.
Earlier in the match, Sharks’ half Chad Townsend had managed to just plant the ball over the try line, before Leutele was earlier denied a try by a couple of blades of grass. It made for wonderful theatre.

James Graham can hold his head high
The Canterbury captain must be struggling with every loss, having seen his side give up the game against Canberra the week before, however Graham can still be proud of his personal efforts. Graham ran for a massive 225m and made 35 tackles. His workmen like effort was typified by one  particular run in which the Sharks aimed up in defence to trap the Belmore side deep in their own half, only for Graham to burst through on the edge and pick up 20-30m.

Sharks continue to break hoodoos
After beating Manly and Melbourne earlier in the season, both teams who seemingly had the wood over Cronulla, the Sharks broke another trend by winning a rare away game on a Monday night. It was the first time since 2008 that the team had claimed victory as the visitors in a Monday fixture.

Moses Mbye’s costly schoolboy error
The Sharks had started the game strongly, but on the back of some Will Hopoate magic the game had turned on its head, and the Bulldogs fired with two quick tries and had all the momentum. To add further woes to a lethargic looking Cronulla, they were penalised as The Dogs again worked it out of their own end. It wouldn’t cost them, however, with Mbye failing to find touch and instead kicking it no more than 15 metres, straight in to the waiting arms of Valentine Holmes. The Sharks scored soon after to wrestle back some of the ascendency and ultimately made the Bulldogs pay.

 

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