Gold Coast Titans forward Jai Arrow

Equalling the Cronulla Sharks club record of 328 games held by Andrew Ettinghausen, a win was the icing on the cake as they overcame the Gold Coast Titans. 

A true loyalist to the club for the past 17 seasons, Gallen has been through the highs and lows and capped off the milestone in style.

His Cronulla side eased to a 20-6 win, even if, at times, their play seemed rather scrappy.

Although his minutes may not have been as high as previous years, his other forwards were able to pick up the slack.

Remarkably, three tries were disallowed or prevented before the opening try was scored in the 16th minute.

Two were against the Titans – to Jai Arrow and Ryan James – and a third was a case of good Titans defence, with Josh Dugan pushed out of bounds.

The first try soon came, though, as Sione Katoa took a cut-out pass from Shaun Johnson and did the rest.

His second soon followed and, much like the first, he had a clear passage to the line to race over and score.

The Sharks third try was, in some ways, calamitous, yet it produced the desired result.

Prop Andrew Fifita took the line on, offloaded, only for his offload to go astray.

In attempting to retrieve the errant offload, Tyrone Peachey knocked on, Fifita scrambed and grubbered backwards to Josh Dugan.

With an open line and clear pasture in front of him, Dugan simply cruised over to score quite an interesting try.

Hoping to buck the trend, it was not to be, as the Sharks looked rampant in the first half.

Impressing since being handed a back-row spot, Briton Nikora burst onto a short pass from Matt Moylan to score his first NRL try.

The Titans got their just rewards in the second half, however, as two consecutive line breaks resulted in a try for winger Brenko Lee.

Despite the Titans second loss and with just six points to their name so far, there is one shining standout in the team.

His name is Jai Arrow. His herculean effort did not go unnoticed and was praised by many, including coach Garth Brennan.

“Jai Arrow did everything he could out there to try and get us that result and he can hold his head up high, that’s for sure,” Brennan said.

“He’s special, isn’t he. He had a breakout season last year and he has done that again today.

“He is passionate, he doesn’t say a lot, he leads with his actions and that is why he is such a big part of our football team.

“If everyone else showed as much passion as Jai Arrow showed today the result is probably different.”

Also drawing praise was Nikora, who has been a by-product of the Sharks system and someone Morris has seen first-hand for a while.

“I saw that evolve at the start of the year,” Morris said.

“I think with Briton being a Kiwi, they have teamed up pretty well since Shaun arrived and I know what Brit can do.”

“I have seen him come through our system and those lines he can run have been evident there for the last few years so I have just been waiting for the time that he hit a hole like he did today.”

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