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.
Today we saw Cronulla overwhelm the premiers in stifling conditions, in a game littered with handling errors. Had the ball stuck a little more, the scoreline could well have been anything; instead, Sharks fans must make do with a fourteen point victory.
The victory, and inconsistent finish, made distributing PotY points difficult this week. Here's how we saw it:
Player of the Year Points 3. David Peachey - Early days yet, but he looks to have bucked the unhappy form of season 2004. An expert at the back.
2. Nigel Vagana - Forever in support, some good offloads and finding space - and the tryline - in a strong game from the ex-Bulldog.
1. Luke Covell - Showed he can't match it with the speedsters of the competition, but never put a foot wrong in attack or defence and made a pile of metres down the left side. 100% with the goalkickers boot as well.
Sharks Den Survivor Last week, Sam Isemonger was (perhaps unjustly) punished for some slippery handling errors, beating out suspended Greg Bird for the third player voted off.
After a dominant display today, it would almost seem impossible to relegate one of the top seventeen.
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