Player of the Match Points
3. Simon Mannering
- Second Row
- Aug 28, 1986, (27)
2. Bill Tupou
1. Shaun Johnson
1 Tries, 4/4 Goals
NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS (20)
Tries: Shaun Johnson, Elijah Taylor, Konrad Hurrell
Conversions: Shaun Johnson (3/3)
Penalty Goals: Shaun Johnson (1/1)
NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (18)
Tries: Brent Tate, Antonio Winterstein, Kalifa Faifai Loa
Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (2/3)
Penalty Goals: Johnathan Thurston (1/1)
A Todd Carney field goal has secured a 19-18 win over a late finishing Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium in front of 25,677.
The first half saw a scrappy affair on a slippery Suncorp surface as both sides failed to post any points during the first 40 minutes. The major incident out of the first half saw Wade Graham sidelined with a AC shoulder injury after only 12 minutes.
The second half saw a tight affair in the final 5 minutes as the Broncos scored two tries to give the Sharks a fright.
Josh Hoffman broke the deadlock after 53 minutes as he has stepped out of the tackle of the Sharks defenders to dart through off a pass from Ben Hunt. The Broncos jumped ahead to 6-0 with a Scott Prince conversion.
Cronulla returned serve just minutes later as Man of the Match Todd Carney provided a pin-point pass to Michael Gordon to stroll through the Broncos line. The game locked up after 58 minutes, 6-all.
Former NSW Blues five-eight, Carney, was on the mark as he broke free of the Broncos defence to link up with Jayson Bakuya to make it a 6 point lead after 66 minutes. The Sharks on a roll with possession flowing in their favour.
Corey Norman when from hero to zero in the space of 60 seconds as he first earned a penalty for the Broncos. However, at the other end of the field, he failed to take a catch of the kick which allowed Sosaia Feki to waltz over for the Sharks' third try. The boys from the Shire extended to 18-6 with 7 minutes on the clock.
Todd Carney slot the match winner as the field goal ended being the difference between the two sides. Despite the Broncos marching home with two late tries to Corey Oates and Jordan Kahu, it was not enough as time expired. The Sharks singing back to Sydney with a 19-18 victory.
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