Sharks' Ronaldo Mulitalo blasted for 'unforgivable' NRL blunder

The winger may have produced the worst blunder in the 2023 season.

Sharks winger Ronaldo Mulitalo in action and Mulitalo diving for a try.
Sharks winger Ronaldo Mulitalo (pictured) has been blasted after he put his hand on the touchline as he dived for a try. (Images: Getty Images/Fox Sports)

Ronaldo Mulitalo has been blasted after he put his hand on the touchline when diving for a try, despite no pressure being placed on the Sharks' winger. Mulitalo left the NRL world in shock in round 1 when he inexplicably dropped the ball when diving for a try.

However, the winger has outdone himself against the Bulldogs after his try in the final moments was ruled out for a ludicrous error in his team's 33-20 victory on Saturday night. With the scores sitting at 30-20 with six minutes left, the Sharks thought they had cemented the win when Mulitalo dived over in the corner with no one close to him.

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However, the Bunker looked at the try and found that Mulitalo's outstretched arm had landed on the touchline as he grounded the ball. The commentators were left in shock as Mulitalo dived without any pressure from a Bulldogs defender.

"He has butchered another one," Dan Ginnane said in absolute shock. "He did it against Souths...there was a mile of room inside him.

"You cannot not give this, wow." Greg Alexander was in just as much shock as Ginnane over the bizarre error.

"He's got a mile of room inside him, his hand touches the line...looking to score the eighth of the season," Alexander said in commentary. "What a topsy turvy year he is having."

Alexander condemned the decision and said there was "no need" for Mulitalo to go so close to the touchline. And it is no surprise NRL fans agreed with the commentators.

Viewers were less forgiving of Mulitalo and some called his latest error as a 'droppable' offence, while others claimed it was the 'biggest bombed try of the year'.

Fortunately for the Sharks, Nicho Hynes was once again showcasing why he could be the Blues' five-eighth come Origin time after guiding his team to victory.

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nvolved in a shootout with Penrith five-eighth Jarome Luai for the NSW No.6 jersey, Hynes had a hand in three Sharks tries on Saturday night as they took full control at Accor Stadium. Fullback Will Kennedy scored a hat-trick for Cronulla within the first 23 minutes, while Matt Moylan also had one of his best games of the year at five-eighth.

But it was Hynes who had the biggest impact, as the Sharks entered the top four for the first time this year. Four games into his comeback from a calf injury, the Sharks halfback has helped Cronulla's attack click into gear with wins in three of those matches.

Ronaldo Mulitalo celebrates a try.
Ronaldo Mulitalo (pictured right) bombed what appeared to be a certain try against the Bulldogs. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

And Hynes has made the huge call that he is only improving and is better than he was when being named the Dally M winner of 2022. "I think I am a better player than I was 12 months ago," Hynes said.

"I keep continuing to learn and keep working hard. The coaching staff put really hard work into me, and I put hard work in on the training paddock. There is always something to work on, no matter what happened in the previous year or previous game. And I have something to work on again this week.

"If I wasn't a better player than I was a year ago, then I shouldn't be playing footy. I have a good contract now, I have earned that, so I have to keep showing the faith they have showed in me."

with AAP

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