THEY were without some of their biggest names but Cronulla proved too strong for St George Illawarra in Sunday’s Nines clash at Southern Cross Group Stadium.
The Sharks were without Jillaroos flyer Sam Bremner, while fellow Helensburgh product Allana Ferguson was also an absentee, but proved too strong winning 20-4.
The Sharks did have Jillaroos skipper Ruan Sims on hand while Maddie Studdon showed her International class with a composed hand for the hosts. Kezie Apps also didn’t feature for the Dragons as she continues to nurse a leg fracture suffered in the recent Auckland Nines.
Jordan Baker opened the Sharks account early in the first half with Kate Mullaly’s runaway effort giving the hosts an 8-0 lead at the break. Shontelle Stowers scored soon after the resumption with Studdon’s conversion extending the lead to 14-0.
The Dragons hit back through Bree Morton two minutes from time before Stowers second closed the show on the bell.