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NYC :Digital Image by Grant Trouvile © NRLphotos  : 2015 NRL Round 2 - Cronulla Sharks  V Brisbane Broncos  at Remondis Stadium, Friday March 13th 2015.

The first half to a large extent followed the script but the second half was all Brisbane as the NYC Sharks slipped to their second successive defeat to begin the 2015 season.

The young Sharks took a six-point lead to the break but their opponents would eventually prove too good in registering a 36-22 triumph.

While the Sharks had their moments, lack of ball control and lapses in concentration eventually proved costly on a night where the Brisbane side showed enough to suggest they will again be one of the leading contenders for the NYC title.

The match began with a heavy downpour and in the slippery conditions the Sharks were first on the board, Tuli Leota running into space and over the tryline off a Connor Tracey cut out pass.

Jamayne Isaako converted from wide out and the Sharks had an early 6-0 lead.

The Broncos however didn’t take long to respond through backrower Jaydn Sua and with the kick at goal drifting wide the Sharks still had their noses in front at 6-4.

With neither side able to control the football the game became somewhat scrappy but it would be the Sharks to score next, skipper Anthony Moraitis crashing over in the north-eastern corner of Remondis Stadium.

This time Isaako was unable to add the extras but the Sharks had extended their lead to 10-4.

Again the Brisbane side rebounded through hooker Jayden Burrell when he exploited some weak marker defense and with the kick at goal successful the scores were level, however just when it appeared the teams would go to the break level, some individual brilliance tipped the ledger in the Sharks favour.

Sensing an opportunity Jaden Clarke kicked back across his body to the centre of the field and it was the fleet-footed fullback Josh Addo-Carr who would swoop on the ball and plant it down under the uprights to put the Cronulla side in front.

With the conversion the Sharks jumped out to a 16-10 lead, an advantage they would take to half time. 

After a solid first 40 minutes the second half hardly went to plan, with the Broncos, the 2014 NYC Grand Finalists, flexing their muscle and assuming control during a dymanic 10-minute period.

An early try made it 16 all and from there it was all Brisbane, three more tries taking the score out to 32-16, with the result was as good as decided.

The Sharks managed a consolation try when Leota scored from a Brisbane error, but it was too little too late, with the Broncos touching down for one more four-pointer late to complete the scoring.

Compounding the Sharks woes classy five eighth Jaden Clarke limped from the field midway through the second half with what appeared to be a serious leg injury and took no further part in the match.

The NYC Sharks will now attempt to regroup ahead of their trip to Melbourne for their round three match next Saturday night.

Tuli Leota 2, Anthony Moraitis, Josh Add-Carr tries, Jamayne Issako 3 goals
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