Cronulla Sharks' record winning run to an end when they were were held to a compelling 18-18 NRL draw at Gold Coast Titans.
Cronulla Sharks' record winning run came to an end as they were held to a compelling 18-18 NRL draw at Gold Coast Titans.
Shane Flanagan's side had reeled off a club landmark of 15 consecutive victories before making the trip to Cbus Super Stadium, but their bid to better Sydney Roosters' NRL-best run of 19 wins in a row was ended on Monday.
The Sharks looked set to continue an incredible sequence of victories which stretched back to March when they opened up a 12-0 lead, but the Titans came storming back with 18 unanswered points before Andrew Fifita's converted try took a classic into extra time.
James Maloney almost won it for the Sharks when his field goal struck a post, but a draw moves them a point clear of Melbourne Storm at the top of the ladder.
Valentine Holmes took a great pass from Ben Barba to score the opening try after seven minutes, with Maloney converting and adding a penalty for the visitors.
The Sharks stretched their advantage to 12-0 on the half-hour mark when Jack Bird went over in the corner less than a minute after David Mead had been sent to the bin for impeding Michael Ennis as the hooker attempted to get on the end of his own kick in goal.
A converted Chris McQueen score late in the first half reduced the deficit to 12-6 at the break and Mead made amends for his misdemeanour by crossing for a try, with Tyrone Roberts adding the extras to make it 12-12 minutes into the second half.
The Titans remained on the front foot and Anthony Don finished superbly in the corner to take give them the lead for the first time after Konrad Hurrell set him up with a clever flick pass.
Cronulla were not finished yet, though, as Fifita crashed under the posts and Maloney levelled with the boot, but was unable to secure the golden-point victory when his field goal struck an upright.