Sharks too strong for injury-hit Tigers


Reigning NRL premiers Cronulla Sharks bounced back from a shock defeat to Gold Coast Titans last time out by beating an injury-hit Wests Tigers 22-16 at Leichardt Oval.

The Sharks trailed by four points at half-time but overpowered the Tigers, who played the entire second half without captain Aaron Woods due to a groin injury and also lost star full-back James Tedesco, who failed a head injury assessment.

Debutant Tony Williams and Sosaia Feki gave Cronulla an early lead, but Kevin Naiqama and Moses Suli hit back before Mitchell Moses' second penalty goal gave Ivan Cleary's side the advantage at half-time.

Moses split the posts again in the 55th minute, but a pair of converted tries from Valentine Holmes and Chad Townsend - who touched down after latching onto his own exquisite chip kick in behind - gave the Sharks two points that temporarily move them up to third.

While the Tigers were overpowered following those influential injuries, Canterbury Bulldogs surged to a 16-10 win over Canberra Raiders despite the first-half losses of captain James Graham, who failed an HIA, and Josh Reynolds - the five-eighth suffering a hamstring injury in his first appearance since his switch to the Tigers for 2018 was announced.

Scores from Jarrod Croker and Josh Hodgson had sent the Raiders into half-time with a six-point advantage, but the Bulldogs rallied after the interval for a fourth win in five matches.

Josh Morris got the beating of Joey Leilua to bring Canterbury level, before Adam Elliott - promoted to the starting line-up - grabbed his second of the match by exploiting more shoddy defending from Blake Austin to secure the victory.

Jarryd Hayne was in inspirational form as he propelled the Titans back from 8-0 down to thump Newcastle Knights 38-8 at Cbus Super Stadium.

Hayne crossed once either side of half-time, with Konrad Hurrell touching down twice as Gold Coast registered 32 points without response in the second period.