NRL Round 25 – Match 3 Results: Cronulla Sharks 30 v 16 Gold Coast Titans

In the shock results of Round 25, the Cronulla Sharks came out of the depths to outscore the Titans 30 – 16 in a massive match at Toyota Stadium on Saturday night.

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Starting the round as the second team on the ladder following five straight wins, the Gold Coast have now dropped down into fourth spot and with a tough game against the Tigers in the final round, could miss out on the chance to host a home game final.

The result was a small victory for Cronulla, who at least now will finish the season ahead of the Cowboys and the out-of-contention Storm.

The Sharks were first to open their account on Saturday night when the retiring Luke Covell got over in just the seventh minute after he intercepted the ball and sprinted 45 metres, converting his own try to put the home side in front 6 – nil.

Covell would go on to convert every one of Cronulla’s five tries on the night, giving him a personal haul of 14 points for the night in the final home game of his career.

Ten minutes after putting their first points on the board, the Sharks were over again when Nathan Gardner scored their second converted try, extended their lead to 12.

The Titans fought back in the 29th minute when Bodene Thompson got over, the kick converted by Scott Prince to narrow the margin to six.

But before the first half was over the Sharks Paul Gallen got in their third unanswered try, after setting Gardner up for his earlier try, giving them a tidy 18 – 6 lead to take to the break.

Back in the second half, the Thompson made it a match double with his second try of the night for the Titans in the 49th minute. Prince missed the kick, however, so they still trailed by two converted tries.

Cronulla put the result beyond doubt over the next 20 minutes scoring twice more, one each to Tim Smith, the halfback putting in a little kick for himself in the 57th minute, and Luke Douglas to give them a total of 30 points.

The Gold Coast scored one last try in the final minute through Jordan Atkins, but even with the kick successful it was too little too late and they went down in an embarrassing defeat.

In another blow for the Titans, veteran Mat Rogers left Saturday’s match early with a hip injury and is in doubt of playing next week.

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