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

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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
    Referee: Ashley Klein
    Touch judges: Michael Wise & Clayton Sharpe
    Video Referee: Bernard Sutton

    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.

    » Click here to read the full match report

    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.

    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.

    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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    • 10:30pm
      the Phantom Bantam said | 10:30pm | ! Report

      Flanagan is a sore loser ,just like Barrett….

      why whinge when things go against you…?

      some days decisions go your way,,,and on other days they dont..
      whingeing doesnt change a result…

      but by God it can make a coach look bad

    • 9:23pm
      Paul said | 9:23pm | ! Report

      Hey RN, thing is I’m a Wigan can, just hate to see a good game spoilt by incompetence.
      There’s talk about an amalgamation between Super League & NRL. Might not be a bad thing, at least then there would be people who know the rules & how to interpret them having an input.

      • Roar Guru

        Scott Pryde said | 9:44pm | ! Report

        An amalgamation between Super League and NRL? Where have you heard that Paul? That’s one of the most outlandish plans ever, and it certainly hasn’t been talked up one little bit here in Aus.

    • 6:40pm
      Pedro the Maroon said | 6:40pm | ! Report

      As much as I detest the Sharks, I gave the Cowboys little chance.
      Though the Sharks have fluked 4 or 5 close wins in 2017, I was another who assumed away from home and missing key players was a bridge too far.
      I forgot the size of the ticker in each cowboy. Much bigger on average than the Sharks “superstars”. Electrifying last 15 minutes.

    • 6:30pm
      R N said | 6:30pm | ! Report

      That game just increased my daily baseline pulse on the fitbit… also day 1 of 5 exercise achieved!
      Apparently yelling at the screen and gesticulating for 90 minutes is aerobic exercise. (actually 100 minutes because I was yelling at Lockyer and Lewis in the pre – match build up)

      Although solid none of the Cows spine had a great game. Just gritty play from a gritty team.

      Congrats cows you have been putting in all year. Deserved win!

      Lets roll on to next week where no one will give you a chance either.

      • 6:32pm
        Jimmmy said | 6:32pm | ! Report

        I had to take my Anginine.

        • 6:47pm
          Bigj said | 6:47pm | ! Report

          Awesome game best game by the Cowboys i think probably with the exception of round four against the Broncos. Eels should not take the Cowboys to lightly next week

        • 6:49pm
          R N said | 6:49pm | ! Report

          Make sure you got enough spray or tablets for next week Jimmmy… cant see the Cows romping home over anyone but we might snag a few close ones! Not good for the overall health of their fans!

    • 6:27pm
      Paul said | 6:27pm | ! Report

      The game should never have gone to extra time. The game is supposed to be about the fans but the NRL don’t give a stuff about the fans. If there was no qld team or storm in the finals & NSW were dominant in Origin the fans from the other states would disappear meaning it would not be viable to keep those teams going.
      The only way to change things is to vote with your feet.
      We all know that the “glamour” teams are over the salary cap & the NRL treat them with amazing leniency when their stars step out of line. Example, 2 NRL stars caught with cocaine
      1 match ban super league players, rest of season ban. Enough said.

      • 6:44pm
        Adam said | 6:44pm | ! Report

        Blah blah blah. Sore loser?

      • 6:51pm
        Matt said | 6:51pm | ! Report

        Sounds like someone likes their grapes sour.

      • 6:57pm
        jeandetroyes said | 6:57pm | ! Report

        Too right! While we’re at it – who really killed JFK and isn’t about time we spoke up about the REAL reason behind US National Parks system (ie protection for aliens)? There really should be an IQ test before people are allowed to post on The Roar.

        • 7:06pm
          Jimmmy said | 7:06pm | ! Report

          An NRL Ref killed JFK, you can see him on the grassy knoll if you look real hard.

          • Roar Rookie

            Joe said | 7:37pm | ! Report

            Grassy knoll was actually a bunker…it was one of the video refs that did it.

      • 7:08pm
        R N said | 7:08pm | ! Report

        Hi Paul… love the emotion, I also become nonsensical when my team goes down!

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 6:24pm | ! Report

      » Click here to read the full match report

      Thanks for joining me this evening on The Roar for our live coverage of the 2017 NRL Finals as the Cronulla Sharks were knocked out in extra time by the North Queensland Cowboys.

      Hopefully you enjoyed the call.

      The Roar will be back next Friday with the second week of the NRL Finals.

      I’m also live at 6am (AEST) tomorrow morning with the men’s final of the US Open between Rafael Nadal and Kevin Anderson.

      Bye for now.

    • 6:23pm
      Wild Eagle said | 6:23pm | ! Report

      Has Hasler ball been adopted by the Sharks as well as the Saints and Dogs this year? I’m glad they are all gone and attack has won out. The Cows look to have adopted Hasler ball by default as they are short on troops and future immortals but it is the way to go for them.

      Gallen was setting up ball runners really well a few years back and Ben Barba in last years GF but it never seems to happen now.

    • Roar Rookie

      Joe said | 6:23pm | ! Report

      What a game from the Cowboys…that was a big upset. To be honest I thought this game would be the easiest win of the lot but those Cowboys sure proved a lot of people wrong today. Great performance from a gutsy team.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 6:22pm | ! Report

      Right then, here are the semi-finals and preliminary finals.

      Week 2 (semi-finals)
      Brisbane Broncos vs Penrith Panthers (Friday, Suncorp Stadium)
      Parramatta Eels vs North Queensland Cowboys (Saturday, ANZ Stadium)

      Week 3 (Preliminary finals)
      Melbourne Storm vs Brisbane Broncos/Penrith Panthers (TBC, AAMI Park)
      Sydney Roosters vs Parramatta Eels/North Queensland Cowboys (TBC, Allianz Stadium)

      • Roar Guru

        Emcie said | 6:23pm | ! Report

        Great work keeping up in that last ten scott

      • 6:25pm
        Lifeafter JT said | 6:25pm | ! Report

        You heard it here first; Broncs vs Cowboys rematch! And when these two Qld teams play – League is the winner!!

    • 6:21pm
      Lifeafter JT said | 6:21pm | ! Report

      In that last 5mins the Sharks were all at Sea…

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