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Match Report: Round 5 HNW vs Cronulla

Wests Tigers women’s team has suffered a 20-16 loss to Cronulla Sharks in the Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership on a bitterly cold night at Sydney Olympic Park.

The home side got off to a great start, repelling the Sharks multiple times on their own line before Sophie Curtain opened the scoring off a clever ball from Losana Lutu.

The Sharks hit back scoring back-to-back tries to take a 12-6 lead into half time.

Lutu, in just her second game in the HNWP, crossed just a few minutes into the second half to put Wests Tigers back to within touching distance before the Sharks ran in back to back tries to edge clear.

Wests Tigers stayed in the fight with Tayla Preston scoring with about eight minutes to play but the Sharks held on to win a hard-fought and entertaining battle.

Coach Brett Kimmorley says his girls improved in a number of areas but were beaten by a better side on the night.

We played the Wests tigers style of attack that we are working on, and that’s what I asked for. I thought we shifted the ball really well in wet conditions but unfortunately we conceded a few tries on our own try line."

Brett Kimmorley

Cronulla is one of the strongest teams in the competition so we can be pleased with a lot of areas in our game."

We are growing in toughness and creating opportunities."

I thought it was a really good contest, but we just weren’t good enough. Well done to both teams."

Wests Tigers Harvey Norman Women’s side will be back at the same venue – the NSWRL Centre of Excellence – next Monday night against Saints.

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