The Sharks suffered another embarrassing home game defeat on Saturday night when they went down 37 – 10 to the New Zealand Warriors at Toyota Stadium.
The only thing left for Cronulla to fight for is not finishing last of the Premiership contenders, but after losing their sixth successive game there is not a lot to like about the Sharks or their season.
The Warriors, on the other hand, put an end to their two match losing streak and have put themselves back in finals contention finishing the week in the eight spot.
New Zealand are back in eighth spot and could still pay out on the ‘Make the Top 8’ bets punters placed at Ladbrokes.com.au
The Warriors comprehensive six-tries-to-two victory was topped off by a hat-trick to debut winger Bill Tupou in the final 30 minutes and a brilliant night on the boot for James Maloney who scored a four-pointer of his own, kicked five conversions and two penalties.
Tupou was the second young rookie to score a hat-trick on debut this Round following the Rabbitohs debut centre Dylan Farrell scoring three to aid the Bunnies victory over the Tigers on Saturday night.
Brent Tate was the first tryscorer of the night opening the Warriors account in the 17th minute after pouncing on a Maloney grubber, the try then converted by Maloney.
Sharks skipper Trent Barrett quickly evened things up with a 24th minute four-pointer, Luke Covell’s kick tying the score six all.
The visitors then scored their second when Maloney got over in the 32nd minute and a penalty seconds before the break saw New Zealand 14 – 6 in front heading into half time.
In the second half the Warriors simply outclassed and outscored the Sharks getting another four tries, one to Joel Moon in the 47th minute and then Tupou’s hat-trick.
Cronulla scored one final consolation try in the 72nd minute thanks to Paul Aiton but without the conversion and with the Warriors getting one last penalty kick three minutes from time, it did little to dent the damage New Zealand had caused with the big win.
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