THE Cronulla Sharks have managed to have only two players selected in this friday's City / Country Origin match, despite being equal leaders in the premiership. Prop Jason Stevens will play in the front row for City, while winger Luke Covell has been called up to replace injured Country winger, Timana Tahu.
ANOTHER week, another win - the Cronulla season just keeps picking up momentum. This week, it was a highly impressive victory over an equally impressive Raiders team, led by the precision play of Jason Smith.
CRONULLA has been boosted by the announcement that coach Stuart Raper has re-signed with the club for a further two years. Raper has coached the Sharks to a 6-2 record this season, with the team sitting in equal first position on the ladder.
CRONULLA have continued their dazzling start to season 2005, notching up another victory over the highly fancied Melbourne Storm. As happens so often these days, halfback Brett Kimmorley played all over his rival half, Matt Orford, almost single-handedly ensuring Cronulla would take home the win.
WHILE the Cronulla season has been steaming along quite nicely, despite a few hiccups, there is one aspect of our game that is not nearly as efficient as it should be. I?m not talking about our missed tackles (which, I should add, are ludicrously high each week). I?m not talking about the continual selection of Greg Bird in the team over more deserving contenders (although that is another problem.)
IT has been a long time coming, but we?re finally ready to re-open the mailbag to see what thoughts are on everybody?s mind. This week, we were sent emails on travels to Toyota Park, rumoured player signings and our very own video gallery. Let?s clear out the cobwebs and see what?s in store.
HAS the bubble burst? A week off with the bye and suddenly all of Cronulla's well earnt momentum has come to a screeching halt, bucked by the Broncos in front of another big home crowd.
A few seasons ago, we experimented with the idea of the Sharks Den Mailbag, which at the time received an overwhelming response. We asked you to send in your thoughts, comments and questions and then put the most entertaining of those up onto the website.
FIVE weeks in, and Cronulla finally hit their straps. Twenty minutes in and the Sharks had barely seen the ball, but after soaking up almost everything the Cowboys could throw at them, the floodgates opened and they came back with thirty eight unanswered points.
WHOEVER would have thought it? Four rounds into the competition, and the ladder almost seems back to front. Manly and the Raiders sit firmly in spots one and two, and our glorious Sharks find themselves fifth on the ladder.