Gallen leads come­back

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport -

A POW­ER­HOUSE per­for­mance from skip­per Paul Gallen has in­spired Cronulla to a 9-8 come­back NRL win over Can­ter­bury in front of their big­gest crowd in five years.

Gallen twice came up with crit­i­cal plays to set up last night’s vic­tory, in­clud­ing a 25me­tre run in the lead-up to Chad Townsend’s 78th-minute field goal that broke an 8-8 dead­lock.

Gallen also turned the game when, with his team down by six points with 13 min­utes to play, he picked up a grub­ber in­goal and just man­aged to force his way back into the field of play. Three plays later, Ger­ard Beale fin­ished off a 50-me­tre move­ment for their first try of the match, with Valen­tine Holmes’ con­ver­sion set­ting up a grand­stand fin­ish for the sell­out crowd of 20,497.

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