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The Sharks have downed the Warriors with a strong performance, winning XX after starting down the barrel of a 12-0 score line early in the first half.

In Stacey Jones’ head coaching debut, the New Zealand side looked strong early, with Reece Walsh and Wade Egan scoring the first two tries.

Then the Sharks hit back courtesy of a Sione Katoa try, before the Warriors made an ‘inexcusable’ mistake, kicking the ball out on the full off the kick-off.

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“That is inexcusable,” Andrew Voss said before the Sharks charged down the field, resulting in a Siosifa Talakai try.

Craig Fitzgibbon’s side then piled on the points before Dallin Watene-Zelezniak scored a ridiculous aerial try to cross for the Warriors last.

“Spectacular athletics here from Dallin Watene-Zelezniak,” Greg Alexander said.

“The Redcliffe Leagues club has erupted,” Andrew Voss said.

But the Sharks then ran away with the game, scoring three more tries as the Cronulla wingers combined for a staggering five total tries, with Ronaldo Mulitalo scoring two and Sione Katoa a hat trick.

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TALAKAI’S NIGHT OUT

Siosifa Talakai has returned to his brilliant best with a barnstorming performance against the Warriors.

The 25-year-old finished with an impressive stat line – 206 running meters, one tackle breaks, one offload, a try and one line break.

One moment stunned Fox League’s commentators, receiving the ball in space before using his pace and footwork to burn New Zealand center Rocco Berry to score.

“Hands on Siosifa Talakai never work, watch the footwork,” Greg Alexander said.

“Talakai, just has that football speed, he has enough speed off the mark, the movement when he caught the ball, there is a bit to it,” Andrew Voss said.

“He is not just a blockbusting runner, he has got some talent and very soft hands too,” Alexander said.

“The fridge with legs, not the brick with eyes, he can play,” Billy Moore said.

Meanwhile, outside of Talakai and his center partner Jesse Ramien the Cronulla wingers combined for a staggering five tries – two for Ronaldo Mulitalo and a hat trick for Sione Katoa.

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‘FRAGILE’ WARRIORS ONLY HAVE THEMSELVES TO BLAME

It was a tough first game for interim coach Stacey Jones who had to watch the Warriors shoot out to a 12-nil lead in the first 12 minutes only to then concede eight tries.

They’ve now slumped to six straight losses to round out a horror week and Michael Ennis believes they “only have themselves to blame.”

After letting in a fourth Sharks try, rugby league great Billy Moore put the blowtorch on the Warriors’ “very fragile defence.”

The Warriors blew an opportunity when Chanel Harris-Tavita knocked on 25 meters out from hiw own line. The Sharks scooped up the ball and scored not long after.

“No resilience from the Warriors, that’s their diagnosis of 2022,” Moore said.

“Any dropped ball they can’t defend it. That took three tackles and they cracked them down the left hand side. The Warriors’ right-hand side where Johnson defends is very, very fragile.”

It went from bad to worse for the Warriors when Sharks scored six minutes later, on the stroke of half time.

“That hurts, if you’re a Warriors fan that leaves you in pain,” Fox League commentator Andrew Voss said.

Ennis said at half time that the Sharks were “dominating” and the Warriors “only have themselves to blame,” while Braith Anasta highlighted a kick-off going out on the full as a crucial moment.

“We talk about moments and the Warriors playing for the full 80 minutes and they’re struggling to do that. All it was was a kick out on the full, one big turning point,” he said.

Corey Parker believes the Warriors’ inability to stay focused for a full game is now a trend.

“It’s just that little lapse in concentration for the individuals,” he said.

“They played a similar style of football a couple of weeks ago against the Knights – 12-nil to start with then they kicked three out on the full and there was a real change of momentum. Once that momentum changes, it’s so hard to get back.

“So the Warriors, once again, have done what the Warriors do.”

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HYNES AND MOYLAN FIRE

The Sharks halves combination of Nicho Hynes and Matt Moylan has fired against the Warriors, returning their side to the dazzling brand of attacking football fans have become accustomed to.

In recent games against the Roosters and Titans, Craig Fitzgibbon’s teams attack seemed clunky and rigid.

But in Round 14, the Cronulla side move the ball left to right fluently, finding space in pockets as Nicho Hynes controlled the game.

Hynes’ kicking game was strong and the way he directed his forward pack was highlighted by Fox League’s Michael Ennis, who believed the Warriors halves were not doing the same.

“Hynes is doing exactly what the Warriors aren’t doing. He is there to play the long game,” Michael Ennis said.

“He hasn’t been brilliant but he hasn’t been very controlled, his general play kicking has been very direct, you can see that he’s organizing his plays.

“But he’s linking with Matt Moylan, particularly when they’ve gone to that left-hand side, when he’s come to the right he’s had some nice touches with Kennedy, but he’s been pretty dominant – in more of just a controlling sense.”

Stacey Jones has a task ahead of him to spark Chanel Harris-Tavita and Shaun Johnson into form, but his first point of call will be attempting to prompt them to lead the Warriors big bodies around the park, just like Nicho Hynes did to best them .

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