The Cronulla Sharks defeated the Canterbury Bulldogs in a thriller at Bankwest Stadium but you couldn’t blame Matt Moylan if he wanted to forget it.
The 20-18 win was much needed for the Sharks with both coaches under a cloud with speculation rife that they could be the next coach on the chopping block.
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But with 20 minutes remaining, Moylan was monstered in a Dallin Watene-Zelezniak that he will probably feel for the next week.
As the ball came across in an expansive play, Watene-Zelezniak flew out on the blindside for a perfect hit.
“Look at the contact on Matt Moylan — Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has knocked Matt Moylan back to the Sutherland Shire,” Matt Russell said in commentary. “He bounces straight back up amazingly, what contact.
“This was absolutely brutal.”
WATCH THE HIT IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE.
Steve Roach called it a “beauty” while Moylan got treated on the field and was ultimately sent for a head injury assessment.
Russell also had a message for those watching from around the world “this is what we enjoy week in week out
Speaking to the Matty Johns Show, Bryan Fletcher jumped in with the question: “Do you still have your teeth and did any of your hair fall out?”
“I think I’ve got a sunken chest now and it would have knock a few of my hairs would have fallen out — I don’t have too many left,” Moylan said. “I’ll have to go see Matty’s bloke to get them put back in.”
Johns said through laughter: “Yeah, half price plugs this week — nice one, bastard”.
It was a light way to finish the game after a tense finish at Bankwest Stadium.
Sharks winger Sione Katoa claimed his first career hat-trick, while Moylan also came through uninjured to breathe life into the Sharks’ NRL campaign.
Shaun Johnson and Chad Townsend also had two try assists each on Sunday evening to consign the Bulldogs to their fifth defeat from their opening six games.
The Sharks looked home when Bryson Goodwin, in his first game back at the club, scored to give his team an eight-point lead with 12 minutes to go.
However, a 95-metre intercept try to Bulldogs winger Christian Crichton set up a thrilling finish, only for Cronulla to hold on for a tense victory.
— with AAP