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CRONULLA 12 (A Fifita M Wright tries M Gordon 2 goals) bt GOLD COAST 10 (D Mead D Taylor tries A Sezer goal) at Sharks Stadium. Crowd: 17,541.
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How close Aidan Sezer came to taking this game into golden-point extra time. He just didn't read that breeze as well as Michael Gordon. That's why they call it home ground advantage.
Several players caught the eye on both sides, such as the lively Albert Kelly and Sezer, who will only get better for the Titans, while Andrew Fifita and Jeff Robson had big games for the Sharks alongside the little maestro Todd Carney. But we still can't go past Luke Bailey's juggling act for the highlights reel. He even shocked himself.
Phew, it's all over and the Sharks fans are singing. They'll be partying here tonight. We saw two very evenly matched if a little rusty sides throw everything at each other, including a lot of bombs to varying effect. The Sharks will lap this one up in a week when they haven't had much if anything to cheer let alone smile about. The Titans for their part won't be discourage after coming to a tough venue in the circumstances and pushing the home side right to the wire.
Penalty. Anthony Tupou is pinged for stopping the ball from Aidan Sezer. The siren has gone and the Titans are kicking for touch. How are the fingernails? No they run it and David Mead can't gather then chip and it's all over. So close. Sharks 12-10!
Jeff Robson chimes in with an inch-perfect touch finder on the last and the Titans stop the clock for the scrum with seconds remaining.Back to top
Aidan Sezer makes a rare break in the context of this game. A big call as Jamal Idris' miracle flick wide from a long cut-out is ruled forward, thwarting the Titans's chance to pinch victory.
It's Luke on Luke as Douglas roars up and nails Lewis and hurts the Sharks enforcer in the process.
Greg Bird throws a wild pass that goes to ground and is showing some claret from one eye. Blood bin anyone? Let-off for the Sharks.
Any suggestions for man of the match? Todd Carney would have to be up there.
From Paul Suttor in the peanut gallery: Should Ricky Leuteli's nickname be Bal?
We're also looking for some suggestions for Aiden Sezer? Julius perhaps?
Dave Taylor is involved again just after coming on, but his last-ditch pass goes forward and out. He could do some damage to the tiring Sharks defence in these last few minutes.
In the lead-up to that try earlier, Jamal Idris came screaming for a pass that didn't arrive and pulled up a bit proppy.Back to top
Try! Dave Taylor collects the rebound from David Mead as Al Kelly bombs Michael Gordon's corner. The ref gives it but goes upstairs and gets the green light. Aidan Sezer hooks his conversion from wide out and misses. Sharks 12-10. Can they hang on?
Greg Bird gets a miracle pass away off the ground as the Sharks begin to open up near their line but Al Kelly loses his footing. the ensuing grubber is too deep and the tiring Sharks can hit it out.
Aidan Sezer chips bravely under pressure to the blind corner on the last with bodies falling everywhere, the Sharks juggle and get out of jail.
The impressive Titans half Al kelly hoists a bomb but Beau Ryan takes it safely under pressure and the Sharks push into the Titans half. the Sharks are winning the kicking duel.
A Todd Carney cut-out almost puts Jonathan Wright over in the corner. He thinks he's scored but replays show he put a foot on the sideline in grounding. A great try-saving tackle by David Mead when he looked home for all money.Back to top
No bomb for once as Jeff Robson kicks deep into touch on the last and the Titans have a scrum feed. But Andrew Fifita forces a mistake in the tackle in the ensuing set and the Sharks can come again.
Big Jamal Idris cops a bell ringer from Wade Graham and the Sharks wrap up Aidan Sezer before he can kick on the last.
There's no respite as though as Jeff Robson knocks on in the Sharks half and the home side are on the back foot immediately.
Michael Gordon can't miss the conversion close in and the Sharks go 12-6 ahead after a slow start to the half.
A lookaway pass from Todd Carney almost results in a try only for Andrew Fifita to stroll through on a quick play-the-ball up the middle. Sharks 10-6Back to top