The Jersey Flegg Sharks have battled to an 18-all draw with the Victorian Thunderbolts in their round six match played at the Haines Drive Reserve in Melbourne.
The Sharks fell behind early, rallied to take a second half lead, before a late Thunderbolts try just five minutes from time locked up the scores and when the conversion attempt from the Victorian side waved away it left the two teams to share the points.
It was the second tough game the under-21 Sharks have faced against the Thunderbolts already this season, having battled to an 18-10 win back in round two.
The Thunderbolts started strongly, two tries in the opening six minutes seeing them open up an 8-0 lead, before the Cronulla side responded, Sam Stonestreet, in his first game at Flegg level after graduating from the SG Bal squad, and fullback Trentham Peterson, getting across the line to level up the scores.
The Victorians scored a further try before the break, this time converted and it was 14-8 at half time in favour of the home team.
The Sharks would then assume sort semblance of control on the game, opening up an 18-14 advantage, before the late touchdown saw their opponents draw level late in the contest.
The Flegg Sharks are next in action as the curtain-raiser to the NRL game between the Sharks and Bulldogs at Netstrata Stadium on Saturday.
Kick-off to the match against the Bulldogs is at 3.05pm.
With the one-point from the drawn result the Sharks remain entrenched near the top of the Flegg ladder following three wins, a loss and now a draw from five matches played this season.
Samuel Stonestreet, Trentham Petersen, Jack Boyling, Kayal Iro tries, Kyle Pickering goal