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Cronulla Sharks vs North Queensland Cowboys highlights: NRL Finals live scores, blog

10th September, 2017

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Sharks vs Cowboys

NRL, 10 September, 2017

Allianz Stadium
Fulltime - Sharks 14, Cowboys 15
Sharks   Cowboys
14 FINAL SCORE 15
2 TRIES 2
2 CONVERSION KICKS 1
1 PENALTY GOALS 2
0 FIELD GOALS 1
 
 
Referee: Ashley Klein
Touch judges: Michael Wise & Clayton Sharpe
Video Referee: Bernard Sutton
Kick-off: 4:10pm (AEST)
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
TV: Live, Fox Leage 502 and Nine Network
Online: Live, Foxtel app and NRL Digital Pass
Betting: Sharks $1.34, Cowboys $3.30
Overall record: Played 43, Sharks 27, Panthers 16
Record in finals: Played 3, Sharks 2, Cowboys 1
Last meeting: Round 24 - Cowboys 16 defeated by Sharks 26
Last five: Sharks 4, Cowboys 1
Record at venue: Played 2, Sharks 2, Cowboys 0
Referees: Ashley Klein and Gavin Badger

Cronulla Sharks
1. Valentine Holmes, 2. Sosaia Feki, 3. Jack Bird, 4. Ricky Leutele, 5. Gerard Beale, 6. James Maloney, 7. Chad Townsend, 8. Andrew Fifita, 9. Jayden Brailey, 10. Matt Prior, 11. Luke Lewis, 12. Wade Graham, 13. Paul Gallen
Interchange: 14. Jayson Bukuya, 15. Chris Heighington, 16. Jeremy Latimore, 17. James Segeyaro, 18. Kurt Capewell,
19. Fa'amanu Brown, 20. Jesse Ramien, 21. Joseph Paulo

North Queensland Cowboys
1. Lachlan Coote, 2. Kyle Feldt, 3. Javid Bowen, 4. Kane Linnett, 5. Antonio Winterstein, 6. Te Maire Martin, 7. Michael Morgan, 8. John Asiata, 9. Jake Granville, 10. Scott Bolton, 11. Gavin Cooper, 12. Ethan Lowe, 13. Jason Taumalolo
Interchange: 14. Ben Hampton, 15. Coen Hess, 16. Corey Jensen, 17. Shaun Fensom, 18. Ray Thompson, 19. Kyle Laybutt, 20. Braeden Uele, 21. Enari Tuala
Chad Townsend of the Sharks celebrates after scoring a try during the round 24 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Cronulla Sharks at 1300SMILES Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)
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Match result:

The North Queensland Cowboys, despite not leading until the 85th minute, have won an extra time classic over the Cronulla Sharks after a Michael Morgan field goal.

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Final score
Cronulla Sharks 14
North Queensland Cowboys 15

Match preview:

Reigning premiers the Cronulla Sharks will go into their elimination final as red-hot favourites, but standing in their way are the always brave North Queensland Cowboys. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 4:10pm (AEST).

While the Sharks are always there and abouts, the Cowboys have had to fight every step of the way in the run to the finals. They snuck into the top eight, holding their spot with the Dragons losing to the Bulldogs in the final round.

Brave is the word used to describe North Queensland’s season. No Johnathan Thurston and no Matt Scott hurt them, but they have had a slew of other injuries throughout the season, particularly over the last two months.

A gutsy comeback win against the Tigers in Round 25 helped their retain their spot, and while they lost to the Broncos in Round 26, this is a side who have worked hard every step of the way.

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They have had to fight for wins, their forwards have stood up when it’s counted most. Jason Taumalolo, who has averaged more than 200 metres per game has led from the front, and been backed up well by Scott Bolton, Gavin Cooper and John Asiata throughout.

Along with their bench forwards, who have been led in recent weeks by veteran Shaun Fensom, the whole pack must be at the top of their game.

If there’s one thing you know you’ll get from the Sharks, it’s a grinding, gritty sort of game. Andre Fifita, Luke Lewis, Wade Graham and Paul Gallen will make sure of it. They will ensure it’s low-scoring and played through the middle third of the field.

The problem for the Sharks, who missed out on a top four spot, finishing fourth is that they have looked fatigued, and the form of James Maloney has been inconsistent at best.

Maloney has been trying to force plays, and it’s led to the Sharks having to do more defence than they otherwise would have in most games this season. If he and Chad Townsend can’t control things, then it’ll bring the Cowboys big pack right into this game.

Despite that, the Sharks have other attacking weapons. Graham and Lewis themselves have both been in good form, while young gun Valentine Holmes is a sensational runner of the ball at the back.

Prediction
The Sharks haven’t been setting the world on fire, but the Cowboys simply won’t have the petrol to go with Cronulla. Their injuries have caught up with them, and they will be knocked out in a close one.

Sharks by 4.

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