Cool hand Hynes delivers for Cronulla

Nicho Hynes arrived in Cronulla this offseason with question marks over whether he was the right person to guide Craig Fitzgibbon’s new Sharks look.

But after 20 rounds into the season, it’s clear that any doubt over Hynes’ ability to become a long-term No.7 for the Sharks was misplaced.

The halfback fired the game-winning basket in Saturday’s 21-20 golden-point overtime win over South Sydney, and in doing so, cemented Cronulla’s grip on a top-four finish.

Half-backs make big money for a reason and in his first year as a starting No.7, the former Melbourne Storm utility has now used a basket to score wins over the souths and the Gold Coast .

“I came here to try to win these big games and these moments and I’m still working hard on it,” Hynes said.

“In previous years I’ve had Cameron Munster, Jahrome Hughes and Cameron Smith there (to take the picture).

“I came here to own this team. This is my team and I’m the halfback and I have to own those moments and I’m glad I did.”

Hynes’ clutch strike came after half-time partner Matt Moylan missed two on-field goalscoring opportunities and was the result of collaborating with former France rugby international Frederic Michalak on his scoring technique. kick over the past month.

The Sharks will believe they can overtake North Queensland to secure a second place finish and clinch a home final.

Fitzgibbon’s side come out of July with their heads held high, a loss to Premiers Penrith, the only blemish in a month when they knocked out the Cowboys, Melbourne and Souths.

With games against St George Illawarra, Wests Tigers, Manly, Canterbury and Newcastle to end the season, they will hope their end to the season will be a little easier.

“It’s been huge,” Hynes said of the Sharks last month. “The Storms and the Cowboys have released a few, but they still have systems.

“Penrith was a huge game and the south are up.

“We knew it was a huge month for us and to go out 3-1 and that will put some respect on our name.

“We want to sit in that top four and we will continue to chase the big teams.”

The only downside for the Sharks was a suspected shoulder injury to prop Royce Hunt, who was spotted leaving the floor on Saturday night in a sling.

Helen L. Cuellar