Dolphins celebrate Wayne’s 900th in style with convincing win over Sharks

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The Dolphins enjoyed a dream start after Jeremy Marshall-King took full advantage of a set restart by darting out of dummy half and offloading to a supporting Isaiya Katoa for the first try of his NRL career.

Bennett’s men found their second after Euan Aitken stood up his opposite Jesse Ramien and found a pass back on the inside to speedster Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow who raced away to score under the posts.

The Dolphins-favouring crowd was sent into delirium after Te Whare took a nifty, Katoa cut-out on the chest and put his 182-centimetre, 108-kilogram frame to use by powering his way through a trio of defenders to slam the ball down for a debut try.

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Cronulla had a tough time stopping the bleeding once it had begun; a simple, unders line saw Connelly Lemuelu slip through some meagre, Sharks defence for the Dolphins’ fourth before Tesi Niu reeled in a Kodi Nikorima cut-out to make it 30-to-nothing just 32 minutes in.

Tongan international Siosifa Talakai took it upon himself to drag the Sharks back into the game coming up with a silky offload for a Ronaldo Mulitalo four-pointer before crafting a clever flick back on the inside for a Will Kennedy try within the space of two minutes.

Talakai’s work prior to the intermission cut the deficit to a more manageable one, however, it proved in vain.

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Te Whare dove over in the corner for his second of the evening off some sharp work courtesy of Anthony Milford to score the opening points of the second half.

Teig Wilton scored a late, consolation try for Cronulla to finish off a clinical set but it was far from enough with the Dolphins grinding their way to their fifth win of the season.

Te Whare’s friends and family in the crowd performed a rousing haka to honour the 22-year-old post-game and cap off an unforgettable NRL debut less than 12 months on from his first taste of the sport at Queensland Cup level.


The Waikato-native led the way for the Dolphins scoring two tries and running for 91 metres with five tackle breaks whilst Nikorima assisted on two tries and three line breaks and made 20 tackles.

Tesi Niu was strong in his return from a six-week, injury layoff scoring a try and running for a team-high 152 metres with five tackle breaks.

For the Sharks, Talakai assisted on a pair or tries and ran for a game-high 232 metres with four tackle breaks whilst Sione Katoa ran for 162 metres and made two line breaks.

The Sharks will be eager to bounce back when they face a faltering Manly outfit at 4 Pines Park next Sunday afternoon before making the trip to Coffs Harbour to face Newcastle prior to a Round 13 bye.

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