Cronulla Sharks beats St George Illawarra Dragons, scores, stream, live, highlights, Supercoach scores, Tariq Sims, Nicho Hynes, Braydon Trindall

The Sharks defeated the Dragons in a thrilling match that won 24-18 and hopes to reach the final of the Red V.

Marquee playmaker Nicho Hynes kicked off the score, throwing a large dummy to the inside of veteran Tariq Sims.

“There’s plenty of responsibility on Nicho Hynes tonight,” said Greg Alexander.

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“Throws the dummy, goes inside Tariq Sims and Sims can’t stop it.”

But to kick off the local derbies back and forth, Jack De Belin got hold of a bouncing kick from Ben Hunt.

The match then turned ugly after backrower Tariq Sims hit Sharks rifle Connor Tracey with a powerful blow to the face.

The Cronulla out back had to be stretched from the field and Sims was sent to the sin bin.

At the time, Sharks substitute playmaker Braydon Trindall took over, scored a try and recorded a try assist to stamp his authority on the match.

“Braydon Trindall rushes back to the line… just look at him, go,” Alexander said.

“Braydon Trindall was the man in this first half.”

“The man who really shines in Matt Moylan’s absence,” Ginnane said.

Sharks hooker Blayke Brailey was ejected just before half time and to start the second half, Tautau Moga and Mat Feagai scored for the Dragons to reclaim the lead.

“The Dragons are attacking,” Dan Ginnane said.

“Mat Feagai, grab the dragons in an effort to get them back in right away,” Greg Alexander said.

But in a brutal blow to the club’s hopes in the final, Wade Graham scored after young shooter Tyrell Sloan dropped a domb.

Although the Dragons were brave on offense in the closing minutes, they couldn’t do enough to take the win.

“The Dragons season is almost over,” said Dan Ginnane.

Read below for the top three takeaways from tonight’s clash!

HYNES SHINES

In the absence of Matt Moylan, the game-making duties would always be placed firmly on Nicho Hynes’ shoulders.

While many would stop under the heavy responsibility, Hynes delivered exactly when his team needed him most.

“There’s plenty of responsibility on Nicho Hynes tonight with Matt Moylan not there, Will Kennedy not there,” said Dan Ginnane.

“The veteran backbone members, Blayke Brailey and Nicho Hynes, will carry quite a bit of weight tonight in terms of creativity.”

“He will have to command his regular partner from half,” said Lara Pitt.

Hynes led his troops through the park and took a big win, although his team’s performance was, in his own words, shoddy.

The 26-year-old finished off the evening with an early try, throwing a large dummy to jump inside Tariq Sims just three minutes into the game.

Along with his four-pointer, Hynes recorded 118 runs, five tackle breaks and a linebreak in an impressive performance.

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TRINDALL MASTER CLASS

Braydon Trindall delivered again in the absence of any of the Sharks’ regular halves.

On lap 17, Trindall filled in for Nicho Hynes, who was ruled out due to Covid-19, orchestrating a big win over the Storm.

Again in Round 21, Trindall played a major role in his side’s victory against the Dragons.

In the space of 10 minutes, the 23-year-old stormed to the line to score, before hitting Teig Wilton with a short ball to cross comfortably.

“Braydon Trindall rushes back to the line… just look at him, go,” Alexander said.

“Braydon Trindall was the man in this first half.”

“The man who really shines in Matt Moylan’s absence,” Ginnane said.

Trindall finished the night with a try, a try assist, four tackle breaks and a linebreak.

While Fox League’s Lara Pitt revealed Moylan would likely return at round 22 after a quad injury, Fitzgibbon will be sure his replacement playmaker can get the job done if asked.

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SIMS DRAGONS CARRIRE HANGING BY A THREAD

Dragons enforcer Tariq Sims Red V career could be over after being put on report for an ugly high shot at Sharks pistol Connor Tracey.

While Tracey ducked down and Sims’ contact was clearly accidental, the powerful punch to the face left Tracey unconscious and had to be carried off the field.

Sims has signed with the Melbourne Storm for the 2023 season and can now be sidelined for the remainder of 2022.

“This could be it for Tariq in a Dragons jumper, there are only four rounds to go, he will be out for a while,” said Ginnane.

“Seven years here with the Dragons and it looks like he’s worried about the player.”

Sims was clearly shocked by the blow and kept his eyes on Tracey with a concerned look on his face.

“He didn’t take his eyes off Connor Tracey, not that that will help him in terms of his sentence, but his concern was clear.”

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