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The last-placed Gold Coast Titans slumped to an eight-straight defeat to the Cronulla Sharks, losing 18-10 in a dismal affair.

In a carnival of errors in Coffs Harbour, the Sharks again started slowly before scoring twice in quick succession. The Titans hit back with a 60 meter try, before an acrobatic finish from Greg Marzhew made it 10-10 in the first half.

The Sharks appeared to be in the ascendancy but failed to convert that to the scoreline, failing to finish three good opportunities to score late in the first half.

It was far from a pretty first half, with both teams missing 19 tackles apiece. The Sharks made 10 errors to the Titan’s four, and completed just 13 of 21 sets (62 per cent) while the Titans completed 13 of 19 (68 per cent).

The Sharks made the Titans pay early in the second half for another poor decision after Toby Sexton uncessarily gave away a dropout for being tackled in his in-goal area, and Blayke Brailey scored on the repeat set.

The Sharks nullified the Titans through the second half but both teams continued to make errors. A Nicho Hynes penalty stretched the score to 18-10, before the Titans had a 95-metre try on the buzzer controversially ruled out.

For the Sharks, it was a poor win – but a win nonetheless. “I think they’ll be really disappointed,” Benji Marshall said on Fox League after the game.

Halfback Nicho Hynes – having racked up his 50th NRL game, said that coach Craig Fitzgibbons wouldn’t be too impressed with their poor performance.

“I don’t think he’s going to be too happy. We grinded it out and got the win in the end … but you can’t fault the effort of the guys and he’ll be happy with that.”

“But if we’re going to compete with the best teams in the competition, we need to be way better,” Hynes added.

“We’re giving away silly penalties in our own end when we’re getting some good kicks away, and we’re just making silly offloads, errors. We need to really take a good hard look at ourselves, review those areas, and stop making those silly things so we can beat the best teams.”

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AS IT HAPPENED

9TH MINUTE: Jamayne Isaako made a try-saving tackle, bursting off his own line to wrap up Will Kennedy and force a knock on when the Sharks had a winger free on the left. But the Titans offloaded very riskily through Greg Marzhew off his own 10m line, and after being tackled in-goal the Titans gave the ball back via a drop-out.

11TH MINUTE: Sione Katoa made it 11 tries for the season off a brilliant tap-on-pass to his right winger, with Katoa beating his defender by stepping back inside That’s now six tries in his past five games. Kennedy leads the NRL in line break assists.

“It was poetry in motion for Cronulla,” Brenton Speed ​​said in commentary for Fox League.

15TH MINUTE: Matt Moylan threw a massive step to catch the Titans napping on their defensive line, with Moylan – having turned 31 years old on Thursday – winding back the clock and playing like a fullback. It was Moylan’s fifth try against the Titans but his first since 2017.

19TH MINUTE:

The Sharks were caught on halfway with a lack of numbers on the short side, and Beau Fermor sprinted through the line and dummied wonderfully to leave Will Kennedy stranded and he ran home to score the 60m try.

25TH MINUTE:

The Sharks turned the ball over in their own half and were burned for yet another error when the Titans went wide and Greg Marzhew acrobatically dove over in the corner. It was his 12th try in 19 NRL games. Co-captain Finucane was immediately substituted on for Toby Rudolf.

There was some concern over the grounding, with his foot only just remaining in the field of play – and Marzhew nearly losing the ball on the way down.

COFFS HARBOUR, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 18: Greg Marzhew of the Titans scores a try during the round 15 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Gold Coast Titans at , on June 18, 2022, in Coffs Harbour, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

36TH MINUTE:

Will Kennedy beat a tackle near halfway almost 60 meters and seemed destined to set up a try for teammate Ronaldo Mulitalo when they were two-on-one against Titans fullback AJ Brimson, but his pass was too far behind Mulitalo. That allowed a retreating Tino Fa’asuamaleaui to tackle Mulitalo – but he somehow avoided a sin bin when he stopped the Sharks star from regaining his feet and playing the ball.

Coffs Harbor fans roared, believing Fa’asuamaleaui would earn punishment for his action.

Speed ​​said: “It used to be an automatic sin-bin but it hasn’t happened in the last couple of weeks… the fans expected it.”

Tino Fa’asuamaleaui was lucky to avoid punishment.Source: FOX SPORTS

In the same set, Matt Moylan was denied a double for Teig Wilton obstructing Patrick Herbert, igniting fury from NRL pundits and fans.

Steve ‘Blocker’ Roach said in commentary for Fox League: “They were lucky to get away with that because two players had an opportunity to make a tackle and they both missed.”

38TH MINUTE: Then Sione Katoa shelled a try on the brink of halftime after Jesse Ramien delivered a low flick pass that found Katoa’s feet – with an easy try looming – but couldn’t pick it up cleanly.

45TH MINUTE: Nicho Hynes held the ball on a fifth-tackle play, gaining plenty of meters before chipping the ball toward the line. Toby Sexton made a poor decision to try and step around a Sharks defender and was punished by being tackled back into his in-goal area. After the drop-out, the Sharks made the Titans pay.

Teig Wilton burst through the line, then laid it off to 23-year-old Blayke Brailey – who held the pass brilliantly at full speed to score the 10th try of his career. The conversion made it 16-10.

59TH MINUTE:

The Titans were ‘flat’ and ‘tired’ in a poor start to the second half, and a sloppy high tackle 20m from their line led to Nicho Hynes converting a penalty.

Speaking of the Titans, Roach said: “They’re out on their feet.”

Jesse Ramien was placed on report for this elbow.Source: FOX SPORTS

68TH MINUTE:

After being tackled by Beau Fermor, Jesse Ramien twice appeared to elbow Beau Fermor on his way back to his feet.

But a penalty was blown the other way.

Speed ​​said: “The discipline from the Titans let them down again on the last tackle. Can you believe it?!”

But a furious Fermor convinced his captain to challenge, and it was successful.

“It’s an accident,” Roach said.

Speed ​​replied: “I don’t think so.”

73RD MINUTE:

The Sharks once again bombed what appeared an easy try, when Jesse Ramien had Sione Katoa on his outside and in space – only to overthrow the ball woefully.

Jesse Ramien was placed on report for a bizarre elbow.Source: FOX SPORTS

80TH MINUTE:

Jarrod Wallace cleanly caught a Nicho Hynes kick five meters from his own line, then delivered a brilliant flick pass to Greg Marzhew, who raced 90 meters – and beat off a Sione Katoa tackle attempt in the process – to score after time had expired. But the Bunker somehow found a knock-on from the Sharks earlier in the play, and ruled out the try.

Sharks team: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Royce Hunt 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Cameron McInnes 14. Aiden Tolman 15. Braydon Trindall 16. Teig Wilton 19. Dale Finucane. 18th man: 18. Connor Tracey

Titans team: 1. AJ Brimson 2. Greg Marzhew 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Paul Turner 7. Toby Sexton 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Erin Clark 10. Isaac Liu 11. Sam McIntyre 12. Beau Fermor 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Moeaki Fotuaika 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Sam Lisone. 18th man: 18. Sosefo Fifita

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PREVIEW

The Titans welcome back AJ Brimson (Covid-19 protocols), although David Fifita and Jayden Campbell remain sidelined.

The Gold Coast showed signs of promise last week against South Sydney but continue to struggle to put a full 80 minutes together, going down in the end 30-16.

Despite sitting fifth on the ladder, the Sharks have also lacked consistency in the past month, suffering heavy defeats to the Raiders and Roosters.

Even last week, while Cronulla finished well on top of the Warriors, Craig Fitzgibbon would have been less than impressed with the slow start that saw the Sharks fall behind 12-0.

The Sharks welcome back skipper Dale Finucane, who returns from a knee injury.

Brisbane’s 32-20 loss to Melbourne on Friday night means Cronulla can move back into the top four with a win on Saturday.

The Sharks won the last meeting (Round 11) between these two sides 25-18.

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