A quick NRL question… are the Sharks circling? The Cronulla Sharks are currently sitting in 10th spot on the competition ladder – that’s knocking on the door of the Top Eight (there are four teams on 16 points and four teams on 12 points). This Sunday’s match in the local derby against the St George-Illawarra Dragons is very important. While the Dragons are up there on 16 points it is time to get in amongst those teams just below them. It should be a good, tough encounter.
Both teams had a rest last weekend with the halved round courtesy of State of Origin and both teams had wins the week before. The Dragons had a pretty comfortable home-win over the Canberra raiders 32 to 18 and the Sharks had a nail-biting one point win over the Gold Coast Titans 23 to 22.
For this spectator, the Sharks win showed more promising form. It was an away game, which should have given the Titans home ground and home crowd advantage… there was a poor refereeing decision that denied the Sharks a try but, rather than let it get to them mentally, they stayed cool and calm, right into the second minute of Golden Point time. Golden Point is a test of nerves as well as football skill and it was 19yo winger Valentine Holmes who snapped the decisive field goal, adding to his two try total for the match.
If you are visiting Sharks territory, Rydges Cronulla can look after all your accommodation needs.