It was an improved showing by Tim Sheens’ men after a 74-0 drubbing a week ago but ultimately proved fruitless with the Sharks pulling off a valuable win away from home.
The first points of the night came via a Nicho Hynes penalty goal thanks a loose high shot courtesy of Wests Tigers enforcer David Klemmer.
Katoa grabbed his first of the encounter 15 minutes in after the elusive winger stepped his way past some meagre cover off a right-side shift and bounced his way to the line.
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Their second came off a left-side shift shortly after which resulted in Siosifa Talakai bruising his way through a hole created off a Hynes short ball to make it 12-0.
Minutes later, the Wests Tigers got on the board after Tommy Talau reeled in a Will Smith face ball and powered his way past several Sharks defenders to slam it down.
An exchange of passing through the middle less than 60 seconds shy of the break saw Shawn Blore pour through a hole and dive over adjacent to the posts to tie proceedings.
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It took just five minutes for the visitors to open their second half account with Katoa stepping his way to the line off another slick shift out left.
The game remained in the balance for some time before Jesse Ramien replicated his aerial effort from a week ago to extend the lead back to a dozen.
Talakai’s barnstorming night continued approaching the final 10 with the powerhouse left centre taking a Hynes face ball on the chest, splitting a pair of defenders, and falling over fullback Jahream Bula for his second.
Hynes joined the try-scorers’ party late after a scheming Blayke Brailey darted behind the ruck and into the backfield before finding his supporting seven who slid over the line to score.
Katoa secured the third hat-trick of his NRL career on the stroke of full-time with an outstretched, diving effort in the right corner as the hosts slumped to their fifth loss in a row.
Hynes led the way for the Sharks scoring a try, assisting on three others, and running for 151 metres with a trio of tackle breaks whilst Talakai notched a double and ran for a game-high 181 metres with six tackle breaks.
For the hosts, John Bateman ran for 109 metres and made a game-high 49 tackles without a miss whilst Jahream Bula ran for a team-high 158 metres with four tackle breaks.
Craig Fitzgibbon’s men make the trip across the Tasman next week for a Sunday afternoon clash against a rejuvenated Warriors outfit in Auckland.
It will mark their first trip to New Zealand in close to four years.
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