Cronulla stun Broncos in last-ditch flurry

The Cronulla Sharks have pulled off a stunning late comeback over the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.

Trailing by eight points with 10 minutes remaining, Cronulla poured on three consecutive tries through Sione Katoa (70), Connor Tracey (74) and Braden Hamlin-Uele (77) to claim a 36-26 victory over Brisbane.

The fightback was sparked on the back of a gutsy play from skipper Wade Graham who in the 69th minute earned possession back for his side.

Brisbane, who were closing in on victory after earning a line drop-out, immediately lost possession after the Sharks executed a short kick.

The short drop-out saw the ball battered back towards Broncos halfback Tom Dearden who lost possession as Graham came charging through, picking up the loose ball as his side scored just moments later in the same set.

“We struggled in parts of that game which put us under pressure,” Graham said after the match.

“But we got the result which is very important at this time of the year.

“We’ve had a number of guys step up and do the job while we’re missing a few personnel, so we’ve got to rely on these guys over the next few weeks.”

Broncos young gun Kotoni Staggs admitted after the match that his side failed to play for the entire 80 minutes.

“We’ve got to play that eighty minutes, we can’t stop,” Staggs said.

“We tried our hardest. You’ve just got to play for that eighty minutes.”

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