Cronulla Sharks defeat New Zealand Warriors

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The Cronulla Sharks have continued their push for finals football with a 20-12 win over the New Zealand Warriors.

Early on today, Cronulla looked to be in all sorts when Sione Katoa failed to batter the ball out of the in-goal, which gifted Warriors teen star Reece Walsh the opening try of the game.

But the Sharks hit back with three consecutive tries to take a 14-point lead at the main break and never really looked like conceding their lead despite Roger Tuivasa-Sheck’s try midway through the second half.

Discipline will no doubt be a big talking point for Warriors coach Nathan Brown during the week, with his side conceding 11 penalties, while also being on the wrong end of the six-again tally.

“Attention to detail, these little things they (Warriors) keep getting wrong at the crucial parts of the game and it costs them,” Rugby league guru Phil Gould said in commentary for Nine.

The Warriors’ pre-game routine was impacted by a COVID-19 scare, with the team forced to remain on the bus after catering staff were notified as being close contacts amid the coronavirus outbreak in New South Wales.

The win for Cronulla, who have now won five from their past six games, keeps them in the eighth spot on the NRL ladder, while the Warriors go to 13th.

One moment that will stick out from tonight’s match was Braden Hamlin-Uele’s try celebration during the first half.

Hamlin-Uele, who crashed over the top of Walsh to score the Sharks’ third try, left viewers in stitches as he busted out his wrestling moves, with Jack Williams the unfortunate victim who copped a punch to the face.

“I was wondering who he was hitting!” Gould said in commentary for Nine.

“I thought someone had upset him.”

Peter Sterling added: “WWF! He’s created his own turnbuckle.

“He’s run across to the turnbuckle and bounced back.”

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