Sharks’ woes continues against Souths

By James MacSmith, James MacSmith is a Roar Guru

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    Cronulla’s late-season slump has continued with a 12-6 loss to a Cody Walker-inspired South Sydney at ANZ Stadium.

    Walker starred for the Rabbitohs on Monday night alongside Sam Burgess and Nathan Brown as they handed the Sharks their third successive loss, and made their winning streak of 15 a distant memory.

    Missing captain Paul Gallen to a calf injury, the Sharks looked sluggish for much of the contest on a cold and wet night.

    In the absence of Adam Reynolds, who left the field with a concussion in the 26th minute, Walker led the Rabbitohs with aplomb and scored one of their two tries.

    An 80th-minute try by Joe Burgess sealed the Rabbitohs’ seventh win of the season, with the winger and Brown leading the way for the home side up front.

    James Maloney and Wade Graham tried hard to spark the Sharks in the second half, but the visitors lacked execution and composure as they pressed for a come-from-behind win.

    The duo combined for Cronulla’s only try in the 53rd minute.

    Souths five-eighth Walker scored the only try of the first half when he dashed under the posts from close range in the 33rd minute.

    A Damien Cook penalty after the halftime siren gave Souths an 8-0 lead at the break.

    Before only 7,588 fans – showing why this is the second-last Monday night game ever – the arm wrestle continued for much of the bruising second half.

    Cronulla sit in second place after 24 rounds, a point above third-placed Canberra and need to win their final games against Sydney Roosters and Melbourne to confirm a top-two finish.

    Maloney could be in judiciary trouble for two high tackles late in the game.

    The Sharks’ winning streak ended in July with a draw against Gold Coast.

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    • August 23rd 2016 @ 8:38am
      Oingo Boingo said | August 23rd 2016 @ 8:38am | ! Report

      If Maloney gets a week ( which is quite possible on the first offence of the night ) and is out for the Roosters encounter , the Sharks will get put to the sword against a Roosters outfit that look like they a playing for a spot in the four .
      The lads from the shire don’t look all that flash at the moment and better get back on track or I feel It will be an early whimperless exit from the finals and a waste of a good season .

      • August 23rd 2016 @ 11:32am
        MAX said | August 23rd 2016 @ 11:32am | ! Report

        OB, it is now safe to go back in the water. The Shark attack season is over.

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          August 23rd 2016 @ 7:34pm
          steveng said | August 23rd 2016 @ 7:34pm | ! Report

          Yes most certainly ‘safe to go back into the water’ because they are the ‘toothless Sharks’ and I don’t think that their teeth will grow back in time.

          • August 23rd 2016 @ 8:55pm
            Oingo Boingo said | August 23rd 2016 @ 8:55pm | ! Report

            Wobigongs..

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      August 23rd 2016 @ 9:12am
      Alex Green said | August 23rd 2016 @ 9:12am | ! Report

      Yeah they were woeful. One loss no worries, two losses okay understandable, three on the trot and I’m wondering if Flanno has the coaching skills to turn it around. The defences are reading their plays and they need to adjust.

      Hope I’m wrong, but at the moment I can’t see them beating the Roosters or Storm in the regular season, or the Raiders in Canberra in the first week of finals. That will likely put them up against the Cowboys or Brisbane, with the real possibility of ending what was such a promising season with 7 losses on the trot.

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      August 23rd 2016 @ 9:29am
      steveng said | August 23rd 2016 @ 9:29am | ! Report

      Souths were lucky to get 7,588 fans there for their abysmal and disappointing second half of the season. Souths are trying to redeem some pride to this season. Hopefully next year we will be in the 8 and a chance of winning the 2017 title. Go the Rabbits!

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        August 23rd 2016 @ 11:13am
        Con Scortis said | August 23rd 2016 @ 11:13am | ! Report

        In 2016 Souths are actually ranked 6th in terms of average home attendances (although there is a bees d..ck between some) and ranked 4th for average total games. Anything under 50,000 looks terrible at Homebush.

        Brisbane 34,312
        Melbourne 17,255
        Canterbury 16,362
        North Queensland 16,341
        Manly 15,379
        Souths 14,944
        Wests Tigers 14,926
        Newcastle 14,838
        Cronulla 14,589
        New Zealand 14,340
        St George Illawarra 14,170
        Parramatta 13,963
        Gold Coast Titans 13,398
        Penrith 12,353
        Canberra 11,166
        Sydney Roosters 10,257

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          August 23rd 2016 @ 7:30pm
          steveng said | August 23rd 2016 @ 7:30pm | ! Report

          So true ‘Anything under 50,000 looks terrible at Homebush’ and these games should not be played there, it looks bad and poor for the NRL that is why smaller grounds and local grounds are much better for the locals like myself, i live at Botany and Homebush is quite a hike and should never ever have been our home ground. Redfern was our and will always be our ground..

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            August 24th 2016 @ 9:20am
            Magnus M. Østergaard said | August 24th 2016 @ 9:20am | ! Report

            I think bigger games should be held at the bigger stadiums. Bt there’s nothing wrong with having the Thursday and Sunday arvo games at the suburban grounds against weaker opposition If they are so good to watch league at wouldn’t people turn up no matter what?

    • August 23rd 2016 @ 9:38am
      Clinen said | August 23rd 2016 @ 9:38am | ! Report

      Just doing what the Sharks do every year – get their fans all excited and hopeful only to suck when it matters. They’ll be hard pressed to jag another win this season. What a terrible waste of potential.

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      August 23rd 2016 @ 10:23am
      Joe said | August 23rd 2016 @ 10:23am | ! Report

      The Sharks didn’t play too badly, its just that the Rabbitohs were outstanding last night. GI at the back was safe as houses and his big body meant he could stop both forwards and backs when they were charging towards the line. The defensive effort from the bunnies was just too good and they kept it up all night to the last minute. The teams that are no longer in finals contention seem to be aiming way up against the competition frontrunners to get something out of the season and with the Roosters next up the Sharks are in for another tough game. The Roosters and Rabbits in particular have rosters that have under performed all year and now showing what they’re really capable of. Another issue that I had with the Sharks is their headspace. While they were winning some of the players were a bit too ‘showy’ especially try celebrations e.g. Ennis, Fifita and Townsend. When losing it comes out differently where they’re shouting at each other e.g. Jack Bird last night giving it to Maloney for his miskick and Maloney trying to take the heads off a couple of bunnies. Jack Bird in particular shouldn’t have been too critical as he passed behind Holmes not once, but three times when hard on attack. This was one of Barba’s flaws from 2012 where he readily berates teammates and I was hoping that he has wised up after 4 years and losing the GF along with Ennis. He and Ennis are key to the Sharks premiership hopes and need to be a calming presence in the absence of Gal especially with so many young teammates as they have been there before. Maloney too needs to step up and not lose it when things are going against them. Sort that out and they’ll be there on GF day.

      • August 23rd 2016 @ 10:52am
        Oingo Boingo said | August 23rd 2016 @ 10:52am | ! Report

        I just think they’re done , I’ll be happy to admit I was wrong , but that’s the feeling I get .

        • August 23rd 2016 @ 10:53am
          Oingo Boingo said | August 23rd 2016 @ 10:53am | ! Report

          At this stage I see a Storm V Raiders GF .

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        August 23rd 2016 @ 11:46am
        Alex Green said | August 23rd 2016 @ 11:46am | ! Report

        Yeah I couldn’t believe Bird giving it Maloney! Maloney tried hard and got smashed all game, while Bird didn’t come in looking for many tough carries and as you said threw a couple of bad passes. Regardless, the game shouldn’t have come down to a trick shot off a drop out. Bad signs.

      • August 23rd 2016 @ 1:33pm
        Jimmmy said | August 23rd 2016 @ 1:33pm | ! Report

        I agree Joe. The Sharks were not that bad . Souths were very good though. Put Gallen back in , get Fifita to lift and a little better execution and all is well. Don’t give up yet Sharkies fans.

    • August 23rd 2016 @ 11:27am
      Diplomatt said | August 23rd 2016 @ 11:27am | ! Report

      Cody Walker looking like the real deal.

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