Despite all the ongoing ASADA investigations and off-field issues, it looks like the Cronulla Sharks are finally finding the required balance to focus on footy, as they cruised to a 24-point victory over the Wests Tigers at Allianz Stadium last night.
Initially trailing 6-0 in what was a dour first half, the Sharks put the pedal to the metal in the second, scoring 30 unanswered points with five-eighth Todd Carney starring.
The loss was the Tigers sixth straight defeat, the club’s longest losing streak as a joint venture, a game that saw the club booed and fans disenfranchised as they left the field.
The Tigers had their chances throughout the game but could not capitalise and were their own worse enemies in defence, making errors at the wrong times and gifting the Sharks continued opportunities to score.
For Carney, who put in a man of the match performance, his preference was always to stay at the Sharks despite feeling at one stage that a move was on the cards.
“There was times when I thought I was going to have to go elsewhere,” Carney said.
“I don’t like letting people down at the best of times and I felt that I distanced myself from the group because I started to get scared I might have to leave.
“I’m glad that it’s sealed now and I’m looking forward to the rest of this year … really excited about the next five years with this playing group.”
Tigers captain Robbie Farah was rather blunt after the game, admitting that the morale of the team is not great.
“Its a tough period for us, we’re sitting last and it hurts me to look at it,” Farah said.
Making an early return from his toe injury, Tigers five-eighth Benji Marshall did not have a great impact, as coach Mick Potter maintained that the NZ international was fit to play.
“He’s taken a step in the right direction from last week but it’s still not good enough,” Potter said.”
3. Todd Carney
2. Sosaia Feki
1. Andrew Fifita