Season 2022 - When Do We Call it a Year?

Shortfin Mako

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Probably the current 3 worst teams in the comp, backed up by the 3 best after that (with Melbourne and the Cows Origin affected).

I'd like to see us start to build some momentum over the next 3, back it up against Origin depleted Melbourne and the Cows... and then hold on for dear life against the Panthers.

After that its the Bunnies, then another 5 weeks of teams we should be beating.
If we are not careful, it is very possible to end up with 0 points from those 4 games (Storm, Cows, Panthers and Bunnies)
 

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Warriors gonna throw caution to the wind in their own selections, and probably throw the ball around even more than normal. High alert/risk game coming.
 
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If we are not careful, it is very possible to end up with 0 points from those 4 games (Storm, Cows, Panthers and Bunnies)
Hopefully Papenhauzen makes the squad and pushes Nicho out from 18th man.

Taking on storm without Paps, Grant, Munster, Coates and Kaufusi is a winnable game.
You'd also imagine Cotter, Val and possibly Nanai get a rest as we play the friday night after game 3. Cows are still pretty formidable without them though.

To be a chance at the top four, we have to go 3/3 then 2/4 over that period you'd think. If we drop one or two of our next games though we could easily find ourselves outside the 8 with 5 games left to play.
 

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Barring major injuries to key players. We will easily make the 8,
Hate to be negative but I cant see it - too many movers below us - Canberra , Manly even Saints - we are too inconsistent at present - hope Im proven wrong but Im not seeing a top 8 team week in week out
 

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Hate to be negative but I cant see it - too many movers below us - Canberra , Manly even Saints - we are too inconsistent at present - hope Im proven wrong but Im not seeing a top 8 team week in week out
Take a look at our draw. Outside of 3 matches in a row v pennies, cows and storm (which is during the second half of the origin period. it is fairly good.
 
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Hate to be negative but I cant see it - too many movers below us - Canberra , Manly even Saints - we are too inconsistent at present - hope Im proven wrong but Im not seeing a top 8 team week in week out
We had a good stretch as well. Point is none of those teams, like us, will keep it going.
 
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: 6th (7-0-5, +38)

What’s gone right: New coach Craig Fitzgibbon has instilled the steel of old in the Sharks pack from when they won their maiden title in 2016. The Sharks have made some astute purchases in Dale Finucane, Nicho Hynes and Cameron McInnes and their commitment and effort has rubbed off on the rest of the team. Siosifa Talakai has taken his game to greater heights and was even a smoky for an Origin debut after a barnstorming start to the year. Matt Moylan has wound back the clock to combine brilliantly with Hynes and Blayke Brailey has come of age as an attacking dummyhalf. The Sharks have been in the top four for much of the year and despite a slip in recent weeks, if they can get healthy a top four finish is not beyond them.

What’s gone wrong: Injuries to their two most experienced forwards in skipper Dale Finucane and former captain Wade Graham has seen the Sharks lacking commitment and focus in some slow starts this season. They were upset by the Broncos despite leading at halftime and were blown off the park by the Raiders and Roosters in the last month, while they were outclassed by the Storm showing there is still a way to go to match the top sides consistently.

The star: Nicho Hynes has been arguably the buy of the year and a revelation at halfback since switching from playing fullback at the Storm last year. Hynes’ devastating running game and deft playmaking skills has unlocked the Sharks edges and he has iced a couple of games with his kicking from both the tee and the boot. Hynes was rewarded with a spot in the Blues squad and nearly nabbed a bench spot for game one, which shows how far his game has come.

Needs to lift: William Kennedy started the season in excellent form, but a suspension has halted his momentum and he now has one-game rookie Lachlan Miller breathing down his neck for the fullback spot. Kennedy has been one of the Sharks most consistent players for the last two seasons, but they need more from him if they are going to be a top four side. He has the runs on the board at the moment, but if the Sharks mid-season slump continues, Miller could get another shot after an impressive debut against the Titans.
Top-eight chances: Should be safe.
Grade: B

 

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Funny how the scribes don't rate BHU. When I read we were missing two of our top forwards, I was waiting to read his name.

As we all know, Wade is way below his best - just goes to show reputations count for a fair bit for these journos.

BHU has been streets ahead of Wade and is one of the main reasons we are in a slump - even allowing for the fact that Wade hasn't played many games.
 

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Funny how the scribes don't rate BHU. When I read we were missing two of our top forwards, I was waiting to read his name.

As we all know, Wade is way below his best - just goes to show reputations count for a fair bit for these journos.

BHU has been streets ahead of Wade and is one of the main reasons we are in a slump - even allowing for the fact that Wade hasn't played many games.
They’ve sacked Wade as captain too.
 
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