Hynes stars as Sharks demolish Cowboys 44-6 for third-straight win

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It was the first meeting between the sides since their qualifying final classic last September in which a 92nd-minute, Valentine Holmes field goal proved the difference.

It was clear from the outset, however, that there was little chance of history repeating itself with Sharks centre Siosifa Talakai strolling through some meek, edge defence thanks to some sharp work from Hynes for the contest’s opening points off a first minute scrum following a Kyle Feldt drop.

Hynes piloted through a penalty goal in the ninth minute after the referee deemed he was hit dangerously in the process of a downfield kick to make it 8-0 before Briton Nikora embarked on a short-side dart and put boot to ball to lay on a try for centre Jesse Ramien moments later.

14-nil became 20-nil prior to the half-hour mark thanks to an adroit shift out to right winger Sione Katoa who bumped away from a pair of defenders for his fifth try of 2023.

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The Cowboys got on the board before the half-time siren sounded after Tom Dearden sliced through to send Feldt over.

The one-way traffic continued in the second half, however, with the hosts pouring on four unanswered tries to make the scoreboard an ugly sight for the northerners.

Ronaldo Mulitalo grabbed his first of the night in the early stages of the second stanza off a rather simple, backline shift before Hynes slotted another penalty goal to balloon the lead back to 20.

Cowboys enforcer Coen Hess was binned for a trip in the 55th minute which led to Mulitalo’s second off a nifty, Talakai bat-on.

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Hynes joined in on the try-scorers party on the hour-mark after his own pedestrian-looking, short-side chip was spilt by Cowboys fullback Scott Drinkwater and landed back in the halfback’s lap.

Jeremiah Nanai was binned in the final stages after Sharks bigman Braden Hamlin-Uele took exception to a nasty hip drop paving the way for Teig Wilton to pour through a hole off the hip of Matt Moylan for the contest’s final try.

Cowboys rookie Tom Chester was sombrely assisted from the field in the final minutes after suffering a suspected ACL tear to make matters worse for Todd Payten’s men.


The Sharks dominated the possession and yardage battles and poked holes in North Queensland’s meagre defence all night – a stark contrast from the Cowboys of 2022.

Hynes was awarded the Paul Green Medal for best on ground thanks to his try, try assist, and 145 run metres.

Green’s young family was in attendance to watch on as he was honoured with a rousing round of applause pre-game.

A cunning halfback, Green played 95 games for the Sharks and 35 for the Cowboys before coaching the Cowboys to their inaugural premiership in 2015.

The Sharks were also boosted by Talakai’s try, pair of try assists, and game-high 201 run metres with six tackle breaks whilst Hamlin-Uele ran for 159 metres from 15 carries in just 44 minutes of play.

Now with four wins from their past five, the Sharks make the trip up to Brisbane for Magic Round next Saturday to take on the Dolphins for the first time ever.

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