Sharks continue finals charge with Titans thumping

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It took less than four minutes for the hosts to hit the front through Mulitalo who was the beneficiary of some sharp Siosifa Talakai hands after halves Nicho Hynes and Braydon Trindall combined to spark a fifth-tackle raid down the left edge.

Points again came shy of the first quarter mark off a right side shift from within their own half that sent Jesse Ramien streaking away before the powerful centre hit a supporting Connor Tracey on the inside to score and make it 10-to-nothing.

The Titans’ answer came soon after through returning skipper Tino Fa’asuamaleaui who poured through a gap and motored his way over off a Jaimin Jolliffe offload.

The visitors were denied a try minutes later after officials ruled a forward pass in the lead-up to Phillip Sami making his way over the line.

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Mulitalo’s second came on the half-hour mark with the Titans’ right edge again stripped for numbers paving the way for the Sharks winger to reel in another neat Talakai unload and cross in the corner.

The Titans defence began showing genuine just short of the break with Cameron McInnes crashing over off some sharp dummy half work courtesy of Blayke Brailey as the Sharks took a 20-6 lead into the sheds.

Titans five-eighth Kieran Foran was unable to return for the second half due to a rib complaint forcing the visitors into a reshuffle with Jayden Campbell shifting into the halves and teenage utility Keano Kini entering the action at fullback.

Kini went close to making his presence immediately felt after stepping his way to the try-line on a fifth-tackle surge but ultimately grounding the ball inches short.

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The Sharks scored off the back of it with some superb Trindall ball-playing sending veteran back rower Wade Graham through a hole to dive over untouched and improve the hosts’ edge to an imposing one.

The Titans were denied another try after David Fifita skied above Tracey to swallow a Jayden Campbell bomb and dive over only for video officials to pick up a knock on in the lead-up.

Tracey was denied a four-pointer of his own just shy of the hour-mark after video officials ruled a double movement, however, the Sharks were back on the scoreboard shortly after via a Toby Rudolf try under the sticks.


Tensions boiled over off the back of a Fifita shoulder charge late with Titans lock Erin Clark binned for his role in the skirmish.

Ramien grabbed a try late off a quick exchange of passing in the right corner as the lead ballooned out to 36-6.

The win was a handy one for the Sharks who are set to finish the round as high as fifth on the competition ladder.

Cronulla’s back five ran riot for much of the contest led by Talakai’s two try assists and 197 run metres with three tackle breaks whilst Ramien scored a try, assisted on another, and ran for 210 metres with eight tackle breaks.

For the Titans, Fa’asuamaleaui scored a try and ran for 214 metres with eight tackle breaks whilst Sami ran for 247 metres with five tackle breaks.

The Sharks journey to Townsville next Thursday night for a qualifying finals rematch against the Cowboys in what shapes as a late season thriller.

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