The North Queensland Cowboys and the Cronulla Sharks are all square at 18-18 in their clash for a preliminary final berth at PointsBet Stadium.
A brilliant long-range try to William Kennedy capped a brilliant display of attacking rugby league from both sides with three tries a piece in a seesawing first half.
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Hynes put Ronaldo Mulitalo away to set up William Kennedy to lock up the scores at 18-18 at the break.
“What a game” Warren Smith said.
“The Sharks matching fire with fire. This is a shootout.”
Peta Hiku strolled over as the Cowboys scored their second in two minutes to take the lead.
“What a turnaround,” Alexander said.
Tom Dearden broke the game open with a stunning long-range try to burn the Sharks and square the scores.
Nicho Hynes produced a superbly timed pass to put Siosifa talakai over untouched to see the Sharks take the lead.
Toby Rudolf produced a brilliant power run to the line to get the Sharks back in the contest.
“That is an incredible run from Rudolf,” Greg Alexander said.
“That was shades of Fifita in the 2016 Grand Final,” James Hooper said.
Tom Gilbert used all his strength to carry multiple defenders over to score the first try of the night.
The Cronulla Sharks host the North Queensland Cowboys for a shot at the preliminary final at PointsBet Stadium.
The Sharks are set to be boosted by the availability of centre Siosifa Talakai, who has made a remarkable recovery from an ankle injury suffered last week.
Dale Finucane (ribs), Toby Rudolf (knee), Will Kennedy (ankle) and Connor Tracey (concussion) all return to bolster the Sharks.
The Cowboys welcome back Coen Hess from suspension on the bench, with Jamayne Taunoa-Brown dropping out.
Tom Dearden will wear a protective box after making a successful return from a ruptured testicle last week.
Tom Gilbert starts for the Cowboys with Luciano Leilua switching to the bench.
The winner will join the Panthers in having a week off and sit 80 minutes from a grand final, while the loser faces a do or die semi-final next week, so there is everything to play for.
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