The ASADA scandal is once again re-emerging as more interviews take place but despite all of the off-field hullabaloo, the Cronulla Sharks have let their performance on the field do the talking and as a result, came away with a narrow 18-14 win over the New Zealand Warriors.
With their key players in Todd Carney and Paul Gallen leading the way, as well as cameos from other players, it was a win that moves the Sharks into fifth place on the ladder.
With Mt Smart Stadium usually a tough venue to play at let alone win, it was a performance that had Sharks coach Shane Flanagan very pleased.
“I was happy with a lot of things,” he said.
“I was happy with the two points, happy with the way we played. We had some tough circumstances there.”
With second-rower Jayson Bukuya unable to play due to the flu and centre Ben Pomeroy going off with a head knock, it was tough going – Pomeroy will be fine but will be monitored – as the Sharks dug deep despite a late Warriors fightback Generic Cialis.
Making his return for the first time since an injury he picked up in State of Origin 2, it was a usual Gallen-like performance and one he was pleased with considering it was his first time back playing in a while.
“The body’s fine,” he said.
“I didn’t feel as fit as I normally do. I’m probably carrying a couple more kilos than I would like to, but in all I was pretty happy with my first game back.”
A win would have seen the Warriors move into the top eight for the first time, but their loss, just their second in nine games, means they have to wait a bit longer before they have a chance to crack the top 8.
The key reason behind his side’s loss for Matt Elliott, was a lack of energy – something that the Warriors coach lamented.
“It’s like any occupation,” he said.
“If you lack focus or get distracted, which it appears we have done this week, you don’t compete well in this competition.”
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