I mean even last week, when they broke their duck to starve off the dreaded all-time loss record when facing the Eels – they were ugly.
But today against the Sea Eagles, the Sharks were at their absolute ugliest. Manly smashed Cronulla 40-12.
Heck, I don’t even support the Sharks and I felt like running off to Bunnings to buy myself some rope and use it to hang myself. It was that painful.
Sure, facing the Sea Eagles at Brookvale in their first home game was going to be a tough ask, but the Sharks got the early jump here – but eventually played the Sea Eagles into some form and Des Hasler’s men obliged big time.
Once the Sharks started dropping it on tackle 1 regularly, the Sea Eagles continued to get quality possession and rack up a big score. Halves Trent Hodkinson and Kieran Foran grew an extra leg each, as they cut the Sharks to pieces in the middle, they then threw it wide for the likes of Jamie Lyon and Steve Matai to play with.
If the Sharks weren’t dropping the pill, they were throwing forward passes at will. Barrett threw a handful of passes so far forward I thought I was watching a gridiron match.
But interestingly, when the cameras panned to Ricky Stuart for his reaction to every single blunder – the usually animated coach was almost eerily reserved. Maybe Sticky has been taking acting classes or has been to an anger management course – but he wasn’t giving anything away.
Last weeks hero Tim Smith wasn’t at his best today, the former Eel kicked poorly and didn’t offer many options to his side in attack. Again, it’s hard to pick on Smith too much because his side squandered so much ball.
But for the Manly men, Des will be fairly happy with their performance. Once they got some possession and momentum, they took their chances. Once they got ahead by a big margin, Manly were guilty of pushing the pass a little when close to scoring – but this is forgivable given how much ball and field position they hard.
Next week Manly face Melbourne in Melbourne, and the Sharks square off against the Broncos in Brisbane in the battle of the also-rans, but cop the tip now, maybe that might be a good time to wash your car.