The Sharks were their own worst enemies early in the first half, then couldn’t catch a break in the second with six legitimate scoring opportunities denied by the video referee, on field officials or from scrambling defensive efforts as the Bulldogs held on for an 18-12 win.
It was a disappointing result for a Sharks team which has now lost three in a row in matches where they had genuine chances of registering a victory.
However, despite the loss, the Sharks had a number of players hand in strong individual performances where they did their utmost to get the team home on the night.
The efforts of Blayke Brailey couldn’t be faulted, the young hooker making 49 tackles with just one miss, Teig Wilton was busy with 160 run metres and 40 tackles, while ably supported in the forwards by the likes of Jack Williams and Siosifa Talakai.
In the backs, Mawene Hiroti scored a try, came within inches of notching two or three more and had a team-high 232 run metres, with Connor Tracey continuing his outstanding form despite having a stint off the field for a HIA and again shifting between a variety of positions.
Originally in the centres, Tracey filled in at fullback and did an admirable job in both positions, with his strong running game a feature.
So we throw it over to you to choose who you thought to be the Sharks best on the night. Cast your vote now for the Aramex Man of the Match for round 7.