Sharks match winner Nicho Hynes paid tribute to his fallen mate in an emotional aftermath to his game winning kick in his side’s 18-16 victory over the Eels.
Hynes iced the conversion after the siren to steal a famous come-from-behind win, his first in Sharks colors and he revealed he had plenty of family and friends on hand to celebrate the moment.
“I got my family and all my best mates here, and a good mate of mine’s [ashes] on my wrist,” Hynes said on ABC Sport.
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“He was a massive Sharks fan. I wish he was here to celebrate with us. He grew up with me. He lived with us and was pretty much my brother. I am so glad we got the win for him. Everyone is here today. I have my family and best mates here.”
After the game, Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon was full of praise for Hynes and his halves partner Matt Moylan, who set up match leveling try.
“I thought the second half last week him and Matt Moylan took the game on last week and they carried that into today,” Fitzgibbon said.
“Both players when the game needed to be broken open they came up with stuff.
“They have been training well, so I was pretty happy with both of those guys.
“For Nicho to kick the winning goal is a fair home game for him.”
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Hynes admitted he would have been pretty down on himself had he missed the game winner after missing three earlier conversions.
“This is amazing,” Hynes said.
“I can’t even hear you but this is unreal. I was kicking like Harry Grant there to start with but I’m just very glad I ended up getting it otherwise I reckon the game would have been my fault if we lost it.”
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The Sharks halfback was also full of praise for his halves partner following Cronulla’s first win of their 2022 campaign.
“He (Moylan) has been unreal,” Hynes said.
“It took us a little bit last week for us to combine and get into the game. But if he is fit and healthy this year we can keep that combination going and build something good.
“I’m just really happy for him. He has worked extremely hard in the pre-season to get his body right. So I’m just really happy for him.”
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