Gold Coast Titans forward Jai Arrow

A rare scoreline of 10-9 has made an appearance, as the Cronulla Sharks dug deep to defeat the Gold Coast Titans. 

Led by half Chad Townsend who kicked the two field goals, the match was largely unconvincing.

Marred by intermittent rain throughout, Townsend remained calm and collected to slot the winning field goal.

The win was made more impressive given that the Sharks are missing several key forwards in Paul Gallen, Wade Graham and Luke Lewis.

The Titans inconsistencies continued, as they failed to assert dominance or gain repeat sets.

They did, however, score the first points of the match, courtesy of a Michael Gordon penalty.

The Sharks were quick to respond, scoring a try through winger Valentine Holmes.

The Titans had their chances but faltered at every corner, the makeshift halves duo of Ashley Taylor and Bryce Cartwright.

The Sharks extended the lead as Josh Dugan found winger Edrick Lee to make the score 8-2.

Townsend then slotted the first of his two field-goals to make the score 9-2 at the half-time break.

Needing some tough love at the break, the Titans came out with renewed energy in the second half.

They were rewarded with a try to Mitch Rein, although video evidence suggested he may have been short of the line.

The bunker, in the end, said try, citing insufficient evidence to overturn the original decision.

Despite their best efforts, the Titans were either their own worst enemy or the Sharks defence held resolute.

The inevitable winning field-goal then arrived, handing the Sharks victory.

The most remarkable story out of this clash comes from Sharks prop Matt Prior.

In hospital on a drip due to a blood infection, Prior flew himself to the Gold Coast on Friday night in a bid to play.

Surprising even his own coach with his determination, Prior played in the game in an inspiring effort.

Post-game, he then left soon after full-time to be by his wife’s side for the birth of their child.

“To get out [of hospital] and jump on a plane and play NRL football after laying in bed for two days, it’s  a pretty special effort,” said Sharks coach Shane Flanagan.

“We prepared all week that he wouldn’t be here.

The question was put by the medical staff [whether Prior should play]. He was adamant that he was going to play and he came out and played well.

He’s on the way to catch a plane now because his wife is heavily pregnant.”

There was nothing but praise for Titans forward Jai Arrow who continues to perform week in and week out.

“Jai’s effort tonight was the epitome of the Anzac round and what it means,” said team-mate and fellow forward Jarrod Wallace.

“He put his body on the line right to the end, working for his mates no matter how tired he was.”

Player of the Game:

3. Jai Arrow

2. Matt Prior

  1. Chad Townsend

By ricky

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