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Burton's golden boot gets Bulldogs home in thriller

A golden point field goal from superboot Matt Burton handed the Bulldogs a 15-14 victory over the Sharks at Accor Stadium on Friday night.

Having missed two earlier field goal shots, Burton found his range from 35 metres out in the 84th minute to give the Bulldogs bragging rights in the first ever golden point clash between the two sides.

The Bulldogs have now won their past six games at Accor Stadium and have climbed to fifth on the ladder.

On the back of a Cam McInnes mistake in the Sharks' first set of the night the Bulldogs mounted huge pressure and grabbed the first try from an unlikely source - a Viliame Kikau grubber.

The back-rower picked up a loose ball and nudged a kick through which Sharks Toby Rudolf and Braydon Trindall made a mess of and Kikau pounced for his first try since Round 3.

Viliame Kikau Try

Another Sharks error in the 12th minute when Sione Katoa spilled a bomb invited the Bulldogs into the red zone again and Reed Mahoney surged over from dummy half to give the blue and whites a perfect start at 12-0.

A poor pass from Toby Sexton cost the Bulldogs a third try midway through the half and the Sharks made them pay when Briton Nikora ran a great line to cross under the sticks and Nicho Hynes converted to make it 12-6.

With eight minutes remaining in the half a long kick by Trindall was fumbled over the sideline by Jacob Kiraz but the Sharks failed to capitalise with Ronaldo Mulitalo putting it down as he forced an offload.

Burton seals the win!

Both sides opened the second half with errors - one by Shark Thomas Hazelton and one by Bulldog Kiraz - as they battled for the early supremacy.

Come the 53rd minute and the Sharks launched a right side raid featuring quick hands by Trindall and Jesse Ramien before Sione Katoa showed great strength to power into the corner despite Bronson Xerri trying to manhandle him into touch.

Having worked their way back to 12-10 the Sharks invited the Dogs into a scoring position in the 60th minute after a forward pass by Trindall but Max King returned the favour with a knock on and Cronulla came away.

The Sharks hit the lead for the first time in the 62nd minute when Mulitalo regathered a Trindall bomb and somehow got a kick away which Trindall scooped up to score in the corner. Hynes missed the conversion but the Sharks had a two-point lead.

A penalty against Oregon Kaufusi for a crusher tackle with 11 minutes to play allowed the Bulldogs to march down field and on the back of a six-again call they had a shot when a Sexton grubber sat up for Josh Curran but the back-rower couldn't control it.

With five minutes to play Bailey Hayward put in a grubber from close range and Sharks prop Rudolf was penalised for impeding his chase and Burton knocked over the penalty goal to square it up at 14-14.

Reed Mahoney is in the thick of things again

A long-range field goal attempt by Burton with a minute to go went wide and the Sharks had a seven-tackle set to work their way upfield for a shot of their own but Oregon Kaufusi was penalised for a sleeper, handing  Burton another crack at a match-winner but his kick missed and we went to golden point.

A dropped ball by Bulldogs prop Sam Hughes coming at out of his own end in the second minute of extra-time handed the Sharks a shot at victory but Hynes missed an easy attempt from 15 metres out right in front.

On the back of the seven-tackle set the Bulldogs worked their way to the 30-metre line and Burton found his range to hand his team a 15-14 victory with a sweetly struck drop kick that went in off the upright.

Match Snapshot

  • The Bulldogs had 92 per cent of possession in the opening 20 minutes of the match and completed 12 of 13 sets.
  • Bulldogs back-rower Viliame Kikau was placed on report in the 21st minute for a dangerous tackle.
  • The Sharks lost their captain's challenge in the 28th minute when they unsuccessfully challenged a knock on call.
  • The NRL's top tackler Reed Mahoney racked up 54 tackles for the night.
  • Bulldogs fullback Jacob Kiraz had 23 runs for 169 metres and four tackle breaks.
  • Matt Burton showed his full array of kicking skills and came up with 693 kick metres for the match to go with 135 run metres.

Reed Mahoney Try

  • Sharks fullback Will Kennedy broke eight tackles and ran for 161 metres.
  • Bulldogs halfback Toby Sexton was placed on report in the 45th minute for a crusher tackle.
  • Sharks winger Sione Katoa has scored in four consecutive games at Accor Stadium.
  • Sharks utility Siosifa Talakai made his 100th NRL appearance.
  • Sharks forward Oregon Kaufusi was placed on report for a crusher tackle on Blake Wilson in the 69th minute.

Sione Katoa Try

Play of the Game 

Down by two points with 18 minutes to play the Sharks produced something special when Braydon Trindall launched a bomb and Ronaldo Mulitalo flew high to take the catch five metres out from the line. Despite the attention of two defenders, Mulitalo was able to get the ball onto his boot with a grubber which Trindall regathered to dot down in the corner.

Braydon Trindall Try

What they Said 

"For Burto to stay present and kick that third field goal after missing two was just a sign of how talented he is and how hard he has worked on his game. He is just so brave, it's not easy to miss a couple and just keep going after it. He certainly puts in the hours at training and we back him. He learned his lessons on the ones he missed and was able to nail that one last one and deserved a really good moment there." - Bulldogs coach Cameron Ciraldo

Bulldogs: Round 17

"They hurt those ones when you once again miss a kick, it's frustrating. Missed the start, got back in it, rolled the sleeves up, did the hardest parts of the game really well, three tries to two, but you have to ice your moments and we didn't. That's part of the job and the responsibility for playmakers and that will sting for Nicho [missing the field goal]. He has to dust himself off pretty quick and look forward to the next moment." - Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon

Sharks: Round 17

What's Next

The Bulldogs host the Warriors at Accor Stadium in Round 18 while the Sharks take their home game to Coffs Harbour to face the Gold Coast Titans.

Acknowledgement of Country

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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