Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Last night the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks and New Zealand Warriors game ended round nine in an eventful affair that saw Craig Fitzgibbon’s side get back to winning ways after a disappointing loss to the Brisbane Broncos last week.
Cronulla won 29-10 with Nicho Hynes putting on a stupendous performance where he scored the first try and set up another two to keep his team in the top four.
The Sharks were even down to 11 men at one point but still managed to hold on.
However, the biggest talking point coming out of the match was Will Kennedy’s high tackle on his opposing fullback Reece Walsh in the first half that saw him sent off for the rest of the game.
Fox League commentator Greg Alexander called the game and was in awe when the incident occurred.
“It looked spectacular, the legs went from under him, a bit of footwork and that is just the old fashioned coat hanger, he left the ground too,” said Alexander.
“That is just an old fashioned coat hanger, beaten by footwork, yes, but contact was made around the head and he left the ground to make that tackle.
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“That is a send-off.”
Phil Gould also gave his analysis of what happened during Channel Nine’s coverage.
“It’s not a swinging arm, he sort of grabs at him (Walsh). It’s pretty violent at first look, isn’t it?” said Gould.
“(The send-off) is a direct reaction to what we’ve seen in previous weeks, that decision.”
With a little over 27 minutes left to go in the game, Jesse Ramien was sin-binned for a high tackle on Warriors player Euan Aitken which saw the game be played 11 on 13 for ten minutes.
Despite losing the game the Warriors have ascended the NRL ladder and now sit in 10th place due to for and against.
A magic round win against the out of form South Sydney Rabbitohs could see them move back into the top eight next week as they try to stand out amongst a group of teams on a similar level to them.
Cronulla on the other hand have kept their spot in the top four and will look to do so again when they face Canberra next Sunday.