The Warriors are all over the Sharks at Go Media Stadium, piling on the points and showing plenty of resolve on defence. They lead 38-6 after 65 minutes.
The combination of Shaun Johnson and Wayde Egan has torn the Sharks to shreds as the Warriors put up four first half tries in a 13 minute period.
The Warriors have exposed the Sharks left edge, with five tries down that side.
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Johnson’s excellent afternoon continued when the halfback saved a certain Sharks try in the 52nd minute with some determined defence.
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad continued his outstanding first season for the Warriors, adding a try in the 57th minute before Josh Curran dove over three minutes later.
Sharks prop Tom Hazelton looked as though he had scored an incredible runaway try early in the second half but a slight knock-on was found as he collected the ball.
Unfortunately for the Sharks, they’ve copped and early injury blow with consistent second rower Teig Wilton being helped off the ground with what appears to be a serious leg/knee injury.
Teig Wilton in awful trouble here going up the tunnel. Devastating blow for young Cronulla Shark,” Ennis said.
DWZ adds his second try with a freakish acrobatic effort, now made typical by him.
“They are incredible these days the wingers. They really are,” Ennis said.
Egan broke through some soft defence in the 31st minute and found Luke Metcalf backing up in support who went over under the posts.
That would be the home side’s fourth try in 13 minutes.
This is a frenzy from the Warriors. They are torturing the Sharks,” Matt Russell said.
The beginning of an excellent six minute period for the Warriors starts when Shaun Johnson gives off a lovely ball for centre Rocco Berry to score after some classy dummy-half wok from Wayde Egan to drawn in a couple of defenders.
Shortly after, Johnson kicks the Warriors first 40/20 of the year and in the ensuing set, gave the last pass onto Addin Fonua-Blake who scored from close range.
That would the Warriors third try, all of which on the porous Sharks left edge.
“Shaun Johnson pulls the trigger on a delightful pass,” Matt Russell said after the Berry try.
“All class again by Shaun Johnson. Sit back and watch this combination of Wayde Egan and Johnson. It’s absolutely dynamic at the moment.”
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak scores the first try for the Warriors, continuing his hot form.
“Absolutely brilliant. Boy hasn’t he found a rich vein of form. That’s a great hit back from the Warriors with their first opportunity” Mick Ennis said on Fox League.
After a penalty for a high shot, the Sharks had their best attacking chance of the game, and duly took advantage when Nicho Hynes went through a gaping hole and scored a soft try.
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New Zealand got the best of Cronulla at the start of the season, with a 79th minute Johson penalty goal sealing his side’s 32-30 win.
But now Craig Fitzgibbon’s Sharks will be out for revenge when they travel to Go Media Stadium in Auckland.
The Sharks are still without skipper Dale Finucane who has been sidelined due to suspension, with Cameron McInnes taking over at lock.
Meanwhile, for the Warriors, Dylan Walker has been named to play despite suffering an arm injury in Round 19.
Mitch Barnett has also shifted to prop to accommodate the return of suspended backrower Josh Curran.
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