Second-half Sharks blitz sinks Titans

Shaun Johnson triggered a second-half blitz that saw the Cronulla Sharks score three tries in 16 minutes coming out of the break before cruising to a comfortable 40-10 win over the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium.

Johnson made amends for the poor pass that gifted Corey Thompson the home team’s opening four-pointer in the first half, by setting up tries for Briton Nikora and Blayke Brailey before a Chad Townsend solo effort completed the onslaught.

It was a sharp turnaround for the Sharks who misfired in attack for most of the opening 40 minutes and lost playmaker Matt Moylan to injury.

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The Gold Coast went into the break trailing 12-10 after the teams went tit for tat with two tries apiece, forwards Braden Hamlin-Uele and Andrew Fifita crashing over for the Sharks while Titans wingers Thompson and Anthony Don bagged one each.

Both sides suffered injury setbacks with Moylan, who set up Hamlin-Uele’s four-pointer, limping off with a hamstring strain shortly before Gold Coast hooker Mitch Rein left the field with a suspected knee injury.


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