Match report: Canterbury 42-4 Cronulla

In a Nutshell: Canterbury score seven tries to record their highest-ever win over Cronulla.

How it unfolded: The Sharks went into the contest without two key forwards in Paul Gallen (ankle injury) and Andrew Fifita (suspended) leaving the Bulldogs as firm favourites.

It didn’t take them long to open the scoring with Frank Pritchard scoring in the corner after Trent Hodkinson had chipped to the left. Soon after Hodkinson was held up over the line.

When skipper Michael Ennis grubbered at Michael Gordon the ball bounced kindly for Ennis to fall on it for their second try. If that try was fortunate the next scored by Chase Stanley came from a lovely offload from Josh Reynolds. A fourth first half try, and a second for Chase, saw the Bulldogs lead 24-0 at the interval.

Hodkinson crossed for the Bulldogs to get their second half account open, after good work from Tony Williams and the nod from the video referee. Another video referee decision was required in favour of Corey Thompson for the Bulldogs next score.

Ennis and Hodkinson then link for Josh Morris to score, Hodkinson finishing with a kick return of seven from seven. Seconds before the siren the Sharks went in at the corner through Jonathan Wright, Gordon hooking his conversion attempt.