Their journey to Adelaide was meant to spark them, but the Sharks again struggled badly – losing out to the Cowboys today at Hindmarsh Stadium by 34-10. The match seemingly playing the stuttering Cowboys right back into good NRL form.
If the Cronulla side harboured any thoughts of moving to Adelaide in the future, the didn’t do a good job of selling themselves to the crowd. The Sharks dropping plenty of ball and failing to go with the Cowboys when they pressed the go button.
With over 8,500 on hand to watch, it seemed the crowd was more interested in the entertaining footy by the Cowboys as opposed to the painful grind of the Sharks.
While only down by 6-4 at the half time break, Cronulla seemed mentally fragile and couldn’t deal with things as the bounce of the ball tumbled their opponents way. The good fortune was all North Queensland needed, a visibly pumped Jonthan Thurston and crafty Matt Bowen came into their own. As the Sharks forwards tired, the little Cowboys run riot in the middle, chipping, flicking and running with ease.
Most of the Cowboys got in on the try scoring action, at one stage a Shane Tronc try saw 4 Sharks defenders carried over the try line from 5m in a highly worrying sign for Ricky Stuart and his side.
Obviously playing without confidence, the Sharks are low on troops and looked lost in the latter stages of the game.
The Cowboys forwards did an admirable job without Carl Webb, the big forward along with John Williams axed for the game and could find it hard to get a look back in the side judging by the way they all played.