Sandow stars again as Souths cruise to victory against Sharks

In the past, he may have been criticised for his inconsistency in the game, but Souths halfback, Chris Sandow, is doing all he can to ensure that those critics jump off of his back, and fast.

The victory was a come-from-behind one for the Bunnies, as it looked like the Sharks were going to set the pace early, as they stormed out to a 12-0 lead in quick time.

A two-try performance from Sandow, plus his regular goal-kicking duties, saw him finish up with a tally of 19 points – a haul that is sure to impress potential suitors, the Parramatta Eels.

With a lethargic Souths outfit to start the game, the Sharks failed to capitalise on their opponent’s tiredness, and it cost them dearly, as Souths responded towards the end of the first half, and into the second, with 31 unanswered points.

To make matters worse for an ailing Sharks side, they lost winger John Williams with ankle ligament damage, as well as Nathan Gardner clearly hobbling around, still feeling the effects of his ankle injury.

Sharks coach Shane Flanagan later conceded that he and the Sharks medical staff had made the wrong decision in bringing back their fullback early.

With all the rumours linking him with a move away from the Bunnies, Souths Chief Executive Shane Richardson remains hopeful that Sandow will stay with the club.

“We’re a good chance of re-signing him but you never know,” Richardson said.

“We brought Chrissy into the club, the Gold Coast threw him out.

“The bottom line is he had problems and we’ve worked with him, he’s been really great for the club … we feel he’s part of the family of the club.

“So it will be like losing a family member if he leaves but that happens in football and that’s a decision he’s got to make for his future.”

With Williams getting injured, it makes it tough for the Sharks to field a solid back-line, so Flanagan concedes that he will have to scour wherever he can for a replacement back.

“We’ve got the motor, we probably just haven’t got all the flashy stuff around it at the moment and it hurt us in the second half,” he said.

” … We weren’t classy enough to take our opportunities.”

Dally M Points

3 Chris Sandow

2 Nathan Merritt

1 Dave Taylor

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