By Stephen Gallagher
Sharks 32 Cowboys 20
The first 40 minutes was emphatic by Cronulla. In possibly the best 40 minutes they’ve ever played.
The Cowboys did themselves no favours, as they looked nervous. A few errors gifted the Sharks plenty of territory.
A 2-0 lead soon was 6-0 as a sensational Sosaia Feki dived in the corner.
The Sharks had all the momentum, and they led to a sloppy missed tackle on James Maloney as he delivered an inside ball to halves partner Chad Townsend and a 14-0 lead for the break.
It took only 2 minutes for Lachlan Coote to make it game on at 14-6.
Yet again it was the sons from the Shore that toiled away. They continued to turn the screws on the Cowboys, leading to Luke Lewis dotting down from a short ball.
The scoreline looking intimidating at 20-6 with 26 minutes left. Three minutes later James Maloney effortlessly waltzed over.
North Queensland were never going to recover, and an epic intercept and effort from James Maloney pushed the score to 32-6.
The Cowboys last ten minutes they got the scoreline looking more respectable with three tries, but was never going to be enough.
Cronulla were too fast, too strong, too enthusiastic. They kept the Cowboys on their heals all night.
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