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NRL: Hynes masterclass leads Sharks to victory against Cowboys

Sharks star Nicho Hynes
Nicho Hynes looks to be in contention for the five-eighth role for NSW after steering Cronulla to a convincing 42-6 win against the Cowboys.

Cronulla Sharks halfback Nicho Hynes showcased his State of Origin credentials on Sunday, leading his team to a 42-6 victory over the North Queensland Cowboys in round seven of the 2024 NRL season.

This win propelled the Sharks back to the top of the NRL ladder after being surpassed by Melbourne, the Dolphins and Penrith over the weekend.

The crowd at PointsBet Stadium, numbering 12,415 fans, cheered as Hynes orchestrated three tries with his passing and kicking skills.

The dominance of the Cronulla Sharks was evident not only in their attacking prowess but also in their solid defence, making just two errors throughout the entire game.

With his standout display on the field, questions have emerged about Hynes potentially taking on the five-eighth role for the New South Wales Blues in the State of Origin under new coach Michael Maguire.

With South Sydney’s Cody Walker not in form and Eels star Mitchell Moses out due to a long-term injury, Hynes is now a major candidate alongside Jarome Luai to start as the no.6 in Game I on Wednesday, June 5.

Hynes’ accurate kicks led to tries for Braydon Trindall and debutant Sam Stonestreet, and his excellent pass set up Mulitalo for another score in the second half.

Former NSW coach Phil Gould commended Hynes’ performance on Channel Nine, calling it “perfect”.

It was a dream debut for young winger Stonestreet in the NRL. He started by catching a kick with his first touch, then sealed his first NRL game with an unforgettable try.

Trindall’s cross-field kick was skilfully tapped back by Jesse Ramien to Jack Williams, who quickly passed to Stonestreet, waiting for the ball.

The Sharks dominated the middle of the field, leaving the North Queensland Cowboys forwards struggling.

Veteran players Jason Taumalolo and Jordan McLean only managed six carries and 47 metres in their plays.

Cowboys coach Todd Payten might consider starting New Zealand representative Griffin Neame next week against Penrith following these performances, as they currently are $3.30 outsiders with the top NRL bookmakers.

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