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Flegg Sharks play out a draw with the Dragons

A field goal from their opponents with only 10 seconds left on the clock has seen the Jersey Flegg Sharks come away with a 13-all draw against the Dragons in their round five match at Southern Cross Group Stadium. 

After Braydon Trindall had put the Sharks in front with less than three minutes of the match remaining with a 35-metre field goal, back to back penalties piggy backed the Dragons into position and after five tackles on the Cronulla line managed the one-pointer to level up the scores. 

While the draw kept the Flegg Sharks undefeated through the first five rounds, the result would have been somewhat disappointing considering the winning position they found themselves in with time running out. 

The Dragons struck first when interchange prop Bailey Dickinson crashed over and following the conversion from Jackson Willis is was 6-0 to the visitors. 

 The Sharks withstood some pressure from the St George side and it took some individual brilliance to put them back on level terms. 

 Receiving the ball deep inside his own half, with seemingly little on, young centre Bronson Xerri showed outstanding pace to get around his opposite, before drawing the fullback and sending Isaac Lumelume on a 30-metre dash to the try line. 

 Braydon Trindall converted from a wide angle and it was 6-all 30-minutes into the first half. 

A Sharks line break had the potential to send the Cronulla side to half time with a lead, however the final pass went astray and the scores would remain tied following the first 40 minutes of the match. 

Uncharacteristic of the way many under-20’s game play out, defence was the order of the day, with the Sharks taking their first lead of the afternoon see 15 minutes into half courstey of a Ronaldo Mulitalo try. 

 Trindall added the extra two points and it was 12-6 to the Sharks. 

The Sharks held their nerve and the lead until around the 70th minute of the match but after repeat sets on the Cronulla line the Dragons scored a dummy half try, with the subsequent kick at goal levelling the scores once again. 

 An apparent serious injury suffered by prop Cruz Topai Avaei slowed the momentum, until the Sharks field goal then the Dragons leveller. 

While the draw and the one competition point kept the Sharks undefeated and sitting towards the top of the Flegg table, they would have been disappointed not to claim a fourth consecutive win. 

Isaac Lumelume, Ronaldo Mulitalo tries, Braydon Trindall 2 goals and a field goal

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