ANOTHER week, another loss to Cronulla. After last night's dismal showing against the Cowboys, it's time to take aim and vote off another poor soul from Sharks Den Survivor.
CRONULLA is a club out of control. Once a pillar of discipline, the team has now sunk to depths never before seen in the Sutherland Shire. Last night, the Sharks were well and truly outplayed by their opponents and when they started to fall behind on the scoreboard, they didn?t attempt to lift. Instead, they resorted to stupid tactics and cheap shots and only succeeded to dig themselves further into a hole begun by South Sydney?s impeccable form.
IT'S a sad day to be a Cronulla supporter. Having watched South Sydney completely dominate the Sharks in an ill-disciplined effort, players are simply lining up to be voted off Sharks Den Survivor this week.
IT only took three rounds, but Cronulla have finally posted a win on the competition table. Last night's game was a messy affair, punctuated by moments of brilliance.
IN a scrappy game against Manly, Cronulla showed patches of brilliance amid a quagmire of errors. Nevertheless, some players were outstanding for the Sharks and others continue to prove their critics wrong.
DAVID Simmons will play only his second first grade game this weekend, having been named by Cronulla coach Stuart Raper in the team to play Manly. Simmons replaced Nathan Merritt who injured his ankle last week against the Bulldogs.
CRONULLA fans were bemoaning the lack of attacking football on display during the double header, but when Brett Kimmorley shot a perfect cut out pass onto the chest of Matt Rieck for the first try of Saturday?s game, it signalled a return to the Sharks of old. Unfortunately, a hangover from the Chris Anderson era remains ? ill discipline ultimately cost Cronulla the game. If Stuart Raper can iron the stupid penalties out of the team?s game, things will be looking very rosy down Sutherland way over the coming few weeks.
LAST week, it was difficult dividing the player of the week points; few if any players deserved them. This week, we have the same dilemma but for an entirely different reason - in a game where most experts were expecting a thirty point (or more) thrashing, Cronulla stood up and showed that they have what it takes to have an impact on the 2004 Telstra Premiership.
CRONULLA may have put in an extraodinary effort against the Bulldogs, but it won't be enough to save another player from the swinging axe. Last week, Andrew Lomu was punished for his inability to hold the ball - and responded with an awesome game this weekend. Unfortunately for him, being voted out of Sharks Den Survivor is a permanent infliction.
IT only took two tries for the Wests Tigers to assert their dominance over the Cronulla Sharks, as the new look squad gritted out a tough 12-6 victory to open the double header. Both teams appeared evenly matched in defence, with only the Tigers? superior penetration in attack the difference between the teams.