Dragons veteran’s Red V future in doubt; Trindall’s masterclass alongside brilliant Hynes: Big Hits

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The Sharks have downed the Dragons in a tight contest winning 24-18 and the Red V’s finals hopes.

Marquee playmaker Nicho Hynes kicked off the scoring, throwing a big dummy to duck on the inside of veteran Tariq Sims.

“There is plenty of responsibility on Nicho Hynes tonight,” Greg Alexander said.

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“Throws the dummy, gets on the inside of Tariq Sims, and Sims can’t stop him.”

But, to kick off the local derby’s back and forth, Jack De Belin got his hands on a bouncing Ben Hunt kick to cross.

The contest then became ugly after backrower Tariq Sims struck Sharks gun Connor Tracey with a forceful blow to the face.

The Cronulla outside back had to be stretchered from the field and Sims was sent to the sin bin.

In that time, Sharks replacement playmaker Braydon Trindall took over, scoring a try and recording a try assist to stamp his authority on the contest.

“Braydon Trindall again, at speed, runs to the line… just look at him, takes off,” Alexander said.

“Braydon Trindall has been the man in this first half.”

“The man who is really shining in the absence of Matt Moylan,” Ginnane said.

Sharks hooker Blayke Brailey was binned on the stroke of halftime, and to start the second half Tautau Moga and Mat Feagai scored for the Dragons to claw back the lead.

“The Dragons pounce,” Dan Ginnane said.

“Mat Feagai, grabs the Dragons a try that gets them right back into it,” Greg Alexander said.

But, in a brutal blow to the club’s finals hopes, Wade Graham scored after young gun Tyrell Sloan dropped a domb.

While the Dragons were valiant in attack in the closing minutes they couldn’t do enough to get the win.

“The Dragons season is all but over,” Dan Ginnane said.

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HYNES SHINES

In Matt Moylan’s absence, playmaking duties were always going to be placed firmly onto Nicho Hynes’ shoulders.

While many would fold under the heavy responsibility, Hynes delivered right when his team needed him most.

“There is plenty of responsibility on Nicho Hynes tonight with Matt Moylan not there, Will Kennedy not there” Dan Ginnane said.

“The experienced spine members, Blayke Brailey and Nicho Hynes will carry a fair bit of weight with them tonight in terms of creativity.”

“He is going to need to be in command with his regular halves partner out,” Lara Pitt said.

Hynes led his troops around the park, coming away with a big victory even though his team’s performance, by his own admission, was scrappy.

The 26-year-old finished the night with an early try, throwing a big dummy to skip on the inside of Tariq Sims only three minutes into the contest.

To go with his four-pointer, Hynes recorded 118 running metres, five tackle breaks and a linebreak in an impressive performance.

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TRINDALL’S MASTERCLASS

Braydon Trindall once again delivered in the absence of one of the Sharks’ regular halves.

In Round 17 Trindall slotted in for Nicho Hynes who was ruled out due to Covid-19, orchestrating a big win against the Storm.

Again in Round 21, Trindall featured heavily in his side’s victory against the Dragons.

In a 10-minute stretch the 23-year-old charged at the line to score, before hitting Teig Wilton with a short ball to cross comfortably.

“Braydon Trindall again, at speed, runs to the line… just look at him, takes off,” Alexander said.

“Braydon Trindall has been the man in this first half.”

“The man who is really shining in the absence of Matt Moylan,” Ginnane said.

Trindall finished the night with a try, a try assist, four tackle breaks and a linebreak.

While Fox League’s Lara Pitt revealed Moylan would likely return in Round 22 after a quad injury, Fitzgibbon will be confident his replacement playmaker can get the job done if called upon.

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SIMS DRAGONS CAREER HANGING BY A THREAD

Dragons enforcer Tariq Sims Red V career could be over after he was placed on report for an ugly high shot on Sharks gun Connor Tracey.

While Tracey ducked down and Sims’ contact was clearly accidental, the forceful hit to the face left Tracey unconscious, having to be stretchered off the field.

Sims has signed with the Melbourne Storm for the 2023 season and could now be sidelined for the remainder of 2022.

“This might be it for Tariq in a Dragons jumper, there is only four rounds to go, he is going to be out for some time,” Ginnane said.

“Seven years here at the Dragons and it appears his concern is on the player.”

Sims was clearly shaken by the hit, keeping his eyes locked on Tracey with a concerned look on his face.

“He hasn’t taken his eyes off Connor Tracey, not that that is going to help him in terms of his punishment, but his concern has been obvious.”

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