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St George Illawarra Dragons finals hopes and Sims facing ban after loss to Cronulla Sharks

Dragons skipper Ben Hunt hoped he had not performed with Sims the final time and stated after the sport: “I’ve performed a whole lot of footy with Tariq, I actually respect Tariq, he’s an excellent mate, and if that was his last recreation for the Dragons it could be actually disappointing.”

Dragons coach Anthony Griffin conceded there was “at all times an opportunity” Sims might have been despatched straight from the sphere, whereas Cronulla counterpart Craig Fitzgibbon famous Tracey did drop late earlier than he was hit.

Like Manly, the Dragons will end the weekend 4 factors adrift of the highest eight. They face Canberra away, the Titans, Tigers and Broncos within the last spherical.

Zac Lomax transformed a penalty aim with three minutes on the clock to scale back the margin to 6 within the hope they might rating a transformed attempt to take the match to golden level. They have been gifted one final attacking set when the Sharks have been dominated to have knocked on, a name that might have gone both method.

Sharks pin-up Nicho Hynes went over within the third minute, however Jack de Belin hit again for the guests when Ronaldo Mulitalo didn’t catch a Ben Hunt kick.

Each side misplaced their method when Tracey was taken from the sphere and Sims was given a breather, however Cronulla quickly bought right into a groove and pulled forward by means of Braydon Trindall, who was solely given the nod when Matt Moylan pulled up sore within the quad muscle after Friday’s captain’s run.


Cronulla are certainties to nail down a top-four spot. It’s a large achievement for first-year coach Craig Fitzgibbon. His roster is in fairly good condition and there are not any scarcity of gamers at feeder membership Newtown banging down the door for an NRL call-up.

Kade Dykes, a third-generation Cronulla participant whose father Adam and grandfather John each wore the Sharks colors, virtually had a strive on debut when he supported Mulitalo after he had made a break by means of the center, however the last go went behind him.

Inspirational ahead Dale Finucane will return from a two-match ban for subsequent weekend’s conflict towards the Tigers in Tamworth.

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