NRL 2022 Tigers Sharks | Nicho Hynes launches impassioned plea after big win


Sharks half-back Nicho Hynes has issued an impassioned plea to the wider NRL community to do more to support his friends following the death of former player Paul Green.

Green played 95 games for the Sharks in the NRL and Super League between 1994 and 1998.

“Can I just quickly say hello to the family of Paul Green, all of us here at the Sharks are thinking of you – he was an important part of this club, I just want to pay my respects, send you our condolences, we are thinking of you”, Hynes said in his postgame interview with Fox Sports.

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“RU OK day is every year, it’s coming soon – but I think we need a RU OK day every day of the year.

“We need to think about it a bit more and spread the mental health message – it’s such an important thing right now.”

Tigers captain James Tamou was part of the Cowboys team, winner of Green’s premiership. He said the Tigers did everything they could to watch him.

“It was a huge drag, with what happened – but Noddy (Tigers coach Brett Kimmorley), the boys, the Tigers organization, they made sure I was okay,” said- he declared.

“It’s just sad, a sad moment. It’s awful. The coaches got together and we had a conversation about it, it’s taken on a bit of weight but it’s just a scary thing to think about – when someone can be so high on life with everything that’s going on, everything they’ve accomplished, and their family, and they’re still fighting demons.

“It’s just a scary thing and I know the NRL is taking the right steps to make sure people can ask for help.”

A suspected knee injury from prop Toby Rudolf and a sin from Teig Wilton were the only sour notes in an otherwise stellar performance from Cronulla at Tamworth which saw them run out 36-12 winners.

Wilton was sent to the trash for a late hit on Tigers guard Daine Laurie with just over ten minutes left in the game.

Laurie had just unloaded the Steeden and was backing towards Wilton when contact occurred. Referee Ben Cummins first let the play go, before the Bunker called him back, which led to binning.

The decision angered the great Steve Roach.

“That kind of tackle that you can’t get out of,” Roach said in commentary for Fox Sports.

“I don’t think it was a penalty. He turned around to offload the ball – what do you want him to do? Honestly.

“I’m telling you, if you saw this in normal motion without slowing it down…how is it going to pull through?”

The Sharks left the blocks early, scoring their first try just in the fifth minute when Nicho Hynes – with a defender essentially on his back – delivered a beautiful kick across the Tigers line to Lachie Miller.

The lead was 12-0 when Matt Ikuvalu scored in the ninth, before Fa’amanu Brown gave the Tamworth crowd hope for a game when he put the Tigers on the board in the 13th minute .

Tries against Royce Hunt and Kade Dykes, plus a penalty goal for Hynes – whose boot was on fire – put the Sharks into a 26-6 halftime lead.

The reason for the penalty kick may catch Tyrone Peachey’s attention from the Match Review Committee, when he made a half attempt to tackle the Sharks’ second rower, Britain’s Nikora. His hand basically slapped Nikora’s face, but was only penalized.

It was all Sharks early in the second half, but it took them over ten minutes to break through the Tigers defense.

But, the Tigers fought back with Luke Garner crossing two minutes later.

It was as good as it gets for the Tigers. Jesse Ramien scored in the 61st minute to extend the lead to 24 points, although they had a consolation try disallowed by the bunker for a 69th-minute obstruction call.

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