IT'S crunch time. With another fine win under Cronulla's belt, the time for tough decisions has arrived.
IT was always going to be a tough ask. Without Noddy or Stevo, or Peach or Vagana, the Sharks were always going to struggle for leadership against the Raiders.
A blow for the Cronulla Sharks in the leadup to tomorrow night's game against Canberra, with both fullback David Peachey and centre Nigel Vagana ruled out with injury. Peachey succumbed to a thigh strain in the second half of last weekend's game against Brisbane, while Vagana injured his ankle in the dying minutes of that same game.
FOR Cronulla fans, 2004 only gets better. Continuing a hot streak, the Sharks put on a very strong display to down the Broncos on their home paddock. Brisbane got off to a great start, leaving most Sharks fans in a state of shock, until a war of attrition wore down the Queenslanders. Some razzle dazzle attacking football saw Cronulla streak away with victory.
WOE is South Sydney, the latest victim of a continuously improving Cronulla team. Last night the Sharks were fierce, but not until after a much needed first half wake up call. Souths dashed to a 12 point lead before Cronulla replied with 38 unanswered points, little hooker Michael Sullivan stealing the show.
CRONULLA utility forward, Phil Bailey, has signed a deal which will see him remain at the Sutherland Shire club until the end of 2007. Rumours had circulated about his desire to link up with St George Illawarra or Manly, especially following the departure of former coach Chris Anderson, however this speculation amounted to nothing when his decision was announced yesterday.
AS we've come to expect, Cronulla had their fans on the verge of a massive heart attack in another close encounter on the weekend. Despite holding a considerable lead, an Andrew Walker led Manly tore their way back into the game, and were it not for an askew kick at goal, would have almost certainly lost the game in extra time.
A promising foray into consistency came to a shuddering halt this week for Cronulla, who were accounted for with ease by the Roosters. Cronulla's effort was strong enough, however with their opponents near-impregnable defensive line the match was never going to be in doubt.
IT is with great pleasure that I announce another win to the Cronulla Sharks. It seems that these rare gems are becoming more frequent as the year progresses, which in turn means that another first grader should have his hide saved from the swinging axe of the Sharks Den Survivor.
IT appears Cronulla have reverted to their usual selves, after being dished out a shellacking at the hands of arch rivals St George Illawarra. This leaves everyone vulnerable for elimination, after a few fine wins which saw Premier League players facing the axe.