NRL: Cronulla Sharks, Warriors, 12-man Sharks defy odds to beat Warriors in one of the performances of the season

Cronulla have broken a 14-year record by overcoming the loss of a sent-off Will Kennedy and sin-binned Jesse Ramien to beat the Warriors 29-10 at PointsBet Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Sharks were down to 12 men for more than an hour after Kennedy was given his marching orders for a clothesline-type tackle on Warriors fullback Reece Walsh in the 16th minute.

They were then down to 11 midway through the second half when Ramien was next to spend time on the sides for a high shot on Warriors back-rower Euan Aitken.

However, the home side hit the lead in the first half and never let it go to absorb pressure and come up with 17 unanswered points in the second 40 minutes to record a huge win against all odds.

It was the first win by a team with less than 13 players on the field in 14 years after the Sea Eagles managed to beat the Raiders in 2008 after former NRL player Adam Cuthbertson was sent from the field.

For the Warriors, they lost their way in the second half with a lack of direction and patience killing any chances they had of capitalising on a Sharks side who played a man short for majority of the contest.



Will Kennedy gets sent off

Match snapshot

  • Cronulla got on the board early with a flashy long range try on the right edge finished off by Nicho Hynes for a 6-0 lead.
  • Momentum swung seven minutes later when Will Kennedy was sent from the field, enabling the Warriors to strike through Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.
  • The Warriors extended their lead through Viliami Vailea with Walsh catching the Sharks off-guard before linking with Daejarn Asi to send the center over.
  • The Sharks hit the lead before half-time when Teig Wilton crashed over the line, giving the home side an impressive lead considering the circumstances.
  • Cronulla extended their advantage through Connor Tracey for a crucial six-point lead but things turned in the Warriors’ favorite more when Jesse Ramien was sin-binned for a high shot on Euan Aitken.
  • The Sharks, down to 11, repelled the Warriors’ attack with a couple of last-play options leaving a lot to be desired as the home side lifted in defense.
  • Aiken failed his head injury assessment with 18th man Bayley Sironen being activated into the game due to illegal play.
  • Cronulla pushed their lead to 12 with Tracey crossing for a double on the left edge.
  • A field goal with six minutes remaining to Nicho Hynes sealed the result, ensuring the Sharks won their fifth-straight at PointsBet Stadium for the first time since their premiership-winning season in 2016.


Tracey extends the Sharks advantage

Play of the game

Cronulla’s ability to score 17 points being without their fullback were among the highlights but it was their defensive efforts that set the tone, including this last-gasp effort from Nicho Hynes early in the second half.

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