Cronulla Sharks score three late tries to snatch victory from struggling Brisbane Broncos

A late Cronulla comeback has inflicted more pain on Brisbane, with the Sharks securing a 36-26 win at Lang Park.

Earlier in the evening, the Warriors held on to shock the Wests Tigers 26-20 at the SCG and end another tough week with their first win in almost a month.

In Brisbane, the Broncos slipped to their ninth defeat from 10 matches despite a much-improved display against the Sharks.

Veteran Darius Boyd revelled in his return to full-back, setting up four tries for the Broncos but his efforts were undone by the Sharks in the 76th minute.

Trailing by two points, Sharks winger Ronaldo Mulitalo put in a clever kick with the outside of his right foot, which landed in Connor Tracey’s lap.

Another try to Braden Hamlin-Uele made it three tries in eight minutes to the Sharks as they came back from 26-18 down to snatch the win.

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It is a sixth win in seven matches for the Sharks, who made light of the absence of Josh Dugan, Jesse Ramien and Chad Townsend to claim their first victory over the Broncos since 2017.

The defeat was harsh on the Broncos, who had looked good for a much-needed win after doubles to Richard Kennar and Kotoni Staggs had given them an eight-point lead in the second half.

Boyd, playing in the number one jersey for the first time since round 16 last year, added several key defensive plays to a performance which looked a match-winning one until the 70th minute.

The turning point came when a short drop out by the Sharks was spilled by Tom Dearden and Wade Graham regathered.

Moments later the Sharks had scored through Sione Katoa to spark their comeback.

Jackson Ferris’s NRL debut for the Sharks featured a first-half try, being placed on report for a shoulder charge on Brisbane’s Herbie Farnworth and then leaving the match in the second half after injuring his left knee.

Broncos youngster Dearden was also placed on report for a high shot on Siosifa Talakai early in the second half.

Warriors stun Wests Tigers

Just days after waving goodbye to four players who left the country to return home to their families, the Warriors showed great resilience to hold firm through a nervy final five minutes in the round-12 clash.

Centre Peta Hiku scored a double, while full-back Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was again one of the New Zealand side’s best despite some early errors.

Tohu Harris and Jack Hetherington were also both immense up front, with the former scoring a crucial second-half try.

The Warriors have now been in Australia for almost three months but they showed plenty of spirit on Friday night after they conceded two early tries.

They move up to provisional 12th place on the ladder following their first victory since round eight, with a 4-8 win-loss record.

Two Warriors players embrace and smile as they celebrate a try against the Wests Tigers at the SCG in Sydney.

Two Warriors players embrace and smile as they celebrate a try against the Wests Tigers at the SCG in Sydney.

Peta Hiku (right) had reason to celebrate with Eliesa Katoa following a two-try performance.(AAP: Dan Himbrechts)

The result infuriated Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire, as his team squandered a perfect chance to move back into the top eight.

He was spotted kicking a chair over in the sheds at half-time, when his team led 14-8 and his mood would not have improved after break.

Hiku got the Warriors moving in the second half when he lowered the scores by pushing his way through three Tigers to score on the left edge.

He then put the Warriors in the lead midway through the half, when he took Adam Doueihi on down the left edge and narrowly stayed in to slam the ball down.

And when Harris made the most of a Tommy Talau error at the back, it was 26-14 and the match was all but over.

Doueihi crossed with six minutes to go to give the Tigers some hope, but they blew a last-minute chance when Chris Lawrence put a pass into touch.

The result is a massive dent to the Tigers’ finals hopes. They currently sit 10th and still have matches to come against six of the current top eight.

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