Cronulla Sharks 18-26 Brisbane Broncos

Cronulla Sharks 18-26 Brisbane Broncos


NRL Premiers Cronulla Sharks opened their title defence with a 26-18 home defeat against a strong Brisbane Broncos outfit.

In front of 11,493 fans at Southern Cross Group Stadium, the visitors took their opportunities well with winger Jordan Kahu registering 14 points in the impressive win.

Brisbane opened the scoring as Kahu broke away down the right to register the first points of the new season, new captain Darius Boyd claiming an assist for a brilliant long pass.

The lead would last only six minutes as the premiers responded well, Luke Lewis and Jack Bird combining to set up full-back Gerard Beale for the four-pointer.

Wayne Bennett’s side edged in front again on the 20-minute mark as Kahu kicked a penalty goal, and the lead was stretched to eight before half-time as James Roberts touched down from Anthony Milford’s grubber kick.

Facing a 14-6 deficit, the Sharks needed a strong start to the second 40 but it was the visitors who struck as Milford found space, passed to Boyd, who got an offload for Corey Oates to finish out wide.

With Kahu on fire with the boot, Cronulla were 14 points adrift but a brilliant run from Chad Townsend mounted a comeback, as he raced clear before kicking for James Maloney to snatch up.

The Sharks started to build momentum and they were right back into it on the hour mark as Ricky Leutele powered through multiple Broncos players to cross on the left wing. Maloney making no mistake, 18-20 going into the final quarter.

Despite this, Brisbane knew a converted try would kill off the hosts and they got it with 10 to play as the half-back’s combined, Hunt finding a gap for Milford to race through and cross.

Cronulla wasted numerous chances in the final moments as they kicked off their title defence with a 26-18 home defeat to a clinical Brisbane.

Cronulla Sharks

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
Edrick LeeWing000000
Gerard BealeFull Back100000
Jack BirdCentre000000
Jayden Brailey Hooker000000
Sosaia FekiWing000000
Andrew Fifita Prop000000
Paul GallenLoose Forward000000
Wade Graham Second Row000000
Ricky LeuteleCentre100000
Luke LewisSecond Row000000
James MaloneyStand Off130000
Matt Prior Prop000000
Chad TownsendScrum Half000000
Fa’amanu Brown Interchange000000
Chris Heighington Interchange000000
Sam Tagataese Interchange000000
Jayson Bukuya Interchange000000
 Total 330000

Brisbane Broncos

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
Darius BoydFull Back000000
Corey OatesWing100000
James RobertsCentre100000
Adam Blair Prop000000
Matt Gillett Second Row000000
Ben HuntScrum Half000000
Jordan KahuWing150001
Andrew McCulloughHooker000000
Josh McGuireProp000000
Anthony MilfordStand Off100000
Sam Thaiday Second Row000000
Korbin Sims Prop000000
Tautau MogaCentre000000
Jai Arrow Interchange000000
Herman Ese’ese Interchange000000
Alex Glenn Interchange000000
Tevita Pangai Jnr Interchange000000
 Total 450001

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
March 2, 2017 9:05 am NRL 2017 Thursday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Cronulla Sharks61218
Brisbane Broncos141226