Sharks record gritty 1st round win despite weeks of turmoil

Paul Gallen

It has been well publicised as to what is going on behind the scenes at the Cronulla Sharks with the drugs in sport scandal, with the sacking of staff members, the coach being stood down and admission that the club used horse drugs – but, despite all that, the Cronulla Sharks determination and grit were on show, as they defeated the Gold Coast Titans 12-10 at Sharks Stadium.

In front of a vocal crowd of 17,541, the Sharks held on for victory, with interim coach Peter Sharp heaping the praise on Shane Flanagan, who has been stood down as Cronulla coach amid the scandal rocking the club.

“This is about Shane and what a great job he has done,” Sharp said.

“Flanno and Moons (sacked football manager Darren Mooney) put this team together and did a great job preparing them and that’s the result tonight.

“There was a lot of emotion tonight but that’s the result of Flanno’s hard work over the last couple of years.

“I spoke to him a couple of times during the game, he is struggling, he wanted to be here not watching at home or wherever he is and he should have been.”

It was a see-sawing affair and it was only a missed kick from Aidan Sezer that was the difference, with Sharks skipper Paul Gallen just pleased to playing footy despite all the speculation about salary cap breaches, equine drugs and other matters.

“It was the easiest thing (playing) I have done all week,” Gallen said.

“I couldn’t wait to get out there. It’s 80 minutes where we go out there to do what we do best and that’s play football. With all the crap that has been going on it was the best part of the week.

“It was a tough week. We got through it. We got the win, that’s what we are here to do.

“We got the win and that’s all that matters.”

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