Sport

Sharks one win from a maiden title

HE'S IN: Sharks winger Sosaia Feki scores a try despite the efforts of the Cowboys Justin O'Neill and Michael Morgan during the NRL preliminary final at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
HE'S IN: Sharks winger Sosaia Feki scores a try despite the efforts of the Cowboys Justin O'Neill and Michael Morgan during the NRL preliminary final at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. DEAN LEWINS

NORTH Queensland's NRL premiership defence is over after the Cowboys slumped to a 32-20 defeat to Cronulla.

The Sharks ran in five tries to four and progress to next Sunday's grand final, where they will attempt to win their first title since entering the competition 49 years ago.

Cronulla dominated from the outset, forcing three Cowboys line drop-outs in the opening exchanges, and by half-time had a 14-0 lead, on the back of 65% of possession.

The Cowboys were the first to score after the break through Lachlan Coote and it looked possible they might mount a comeback, but three tries in 14 minutes - including two to James Maloney - took the Sharks to a 32-6 lead with 14 minutes to go.

Three late Cowboys tries proved too little too late.

Sharks 32 (Maloney 2, Feki, Townsend, Lewis tries; Maloney 6 goals) d Cowboys 20 (Feldt 2, Coote, Hess tries; Thurston 2 goals)

Topics:  cronulla sharks, north queensland cowboys, nrl finals


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

PHOTOS: Firies battle North Coast bushfire

NSW Fire and Rescue crews at the scene of a bushfire at East Ballina.

NSW Fire and Rescue crews are fighting a bushfire at Ballina

Great white tagged, released off Lighthouse Beach

This 2.91m great white was tagged and released at Angels Beach, Ballina.

The 49th shark to be tagged in NSW released off Lighthouse Beach

Walt Secord rejects Tony Abbott's call for shark cull

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called for a shark cull on the North Coast.

Tony Abbott called for a shark cull on the North Coast

Local Partners

OPINION: The great white shark hype

EVERY time a shark story is printed, the same comment appears online - "oh no, who would have thought there'd be sharks in the ocean?”

Shark cull calls leaves Ballina MP "appalled"

Tamara Smith, Greens Mp. Photo Contributed

Tamara Smith has spoken about the resilience of her community

PHOTOS: Firies battle North Coast bushfire

NSW Fire and Rescue crews at the scene of a bushfire at East Ballina.

NSW Fire and Rescue crews are fighting a bushfire at Ballina

Great white tagged, released off Lighthouse Beach

This 2.91m great white was tagged and released at Angels Beach, Ballina.

The 49th shark to be tagged in NSW released off Lighthouse Beach

Walt Secord rejects Tony Abbott's call for shark cull

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called for a shark cull on the North Coast.

Tony Abbott called for a shark cull on the North Coast

Minister to visit Ballina to announce new shark strategy

NSW Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair

Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair to travel to Ballina today

How can we prevent shark attacks on the North Coast?

Multiple people attended the scene at Lighthouse Beach where a shark attack took place around 9:30 on Monday morning. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

How can further shark attacks on the North Coast be prevented?

More Northern River schools needed to be counted in

John Foreman and Jay Laga'aia at a songwriting workshop earlier this year.

Music - Count Us In will be held in November

Trump's comments make light of statutory rape

Trevor Noah has gone to town on Donald Trump's sexism

Forza Horizon 3 review: Australia's never looked so good

Fancy racing a freight train?

Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Twelve Apostles feature

Tommy goes home in emotional Bachelorette episode

The Bachelorette contestant Tommy Saggus.

BRISBANE bachelor hopes show will give him more confidence.

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

The Dixie Chicks to headline 2017 CMC Rocks festival

US country music group The Dixie Chicks.

ORGANISERS move festival dates to lock in US country music stars.

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction

Peppers Airlie Beach put on the market

ON THE MARKET: Peppers Airlie Beach is being for recievership sale by CBRE Hotels and PRD Nationwide Airlie Beach.

Peppers Airlie Beach is being offered for sale.