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Injuries to upset Raiders v Sharks opener

There’s as much uncertainty over the Cronulla Sharks and Canberra Raiders sides as there is about Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s popularity right now. At least in the national capital on Sunday, supporters and rivals won’t have to wait long for a decision. Up to seven players named in the two extended squads by respective coaches Shane Flanagan and David Furner, are in some doubt for the 2pm game at Canberra Stadium. The Sharks have centre Dean Collis and forward Anthony Tupou (leg injuries) undergoing constant treatment this week, but they’ve been named in the starting 13, along with a six-man bench. The Raiders new half recruit, Matt Orford, and former Sharks winger Blake Ferguson are among five doubtfuls. Continue reading

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Sharks have confidence in Kelly

In terms of an individual performance, it was just about a career killer. Thrust into an NRL starting debut, 19-year-old Albert Kelly, a cousin of Greg Inglis, endured a forgettable occasion. In a 30-8 defeat by South Sydney at Toyota Stadium last March, Kelly, picked by then Cronulla coach Ricky Stuart at fullback, was haunted by the high ball, conceding two tries with cringe-inducing mistakes and looking thoroughly lost and out of his depth thereafter. Yet a deflated Stuart, entering his infuriating final months with the Sharks, would only utter positive remarks about the teenager in the aftermath. ”What I am wishing is I had another 16 of him. He is going to be a real player that kid,” he said. Stuart is gone but his attitude then is reflective of how Kelly is viewed in the Sutherland Shire. Continue reading

Knights 32 – Sharks 10

Newcastle have shown their willingness to play attacking rugby league, scoring six tries in a 32-10 trial win over Cronulla at Olympic Park, Muswellbrook on Saturday night. Although the first points were not posted until the 26th minute the crowd of around 4,000 witnessed on open and expansive game of rugby league on a balmy night in the Upper Hunter Valley. Knights try-scoring sensation Akuila Uate carried two defenders across the line to open the scoring. Kurt Gidley converted for a 6-0 lead with Junior Sa’u extending the home side’s lead to 10-0 two minutes before the break. Knights hooker Isaac De Gois scored a double as did Sa’u. Gidley’s fullback deputy Shannon McDonnell scored on 52 minutes to take the score to 22-0 before the Sharks first try, to fullback Nathan Gardner, on the hour. Matt Wright scored another consolation try for the Sharks on the full-time siren.