The Cronulla Sharks may have just one premiership in 2016 but don’t be fooled to think they are void of talent as they have produced many great players.
No Shaun Johnson, Chad Townsend or Matt Moylan in the lineup and yet Connor Tracey who has played 13 games, Braydon Trindall who has played three games and Will Kennedy who has played 13 games demolished the Cowboys 28-12.
Michael Morgan is set to miss at least two weeks with a calf injury he sustained in the opening 14 minutes and Scott Drinkwater injured his ankle but ended up playing the full 80 minutes.
Will Kennedy needs to be playing fullback week in and week out because the way he has been playing this year has been extraordinary for the Sharks.
Kennedy finished the game with two try assists, ran for over 110 metres and had one tackle-break, one linebreak and one linebreak assists while Tracey finished the game with one try and Trindall ended up with one try assist.
Tracey was very strong in defence by making 24 tackles for 0 misses and the Sharks’ starting forward pack only missed two tackles between the five of them which is incredible considering who they’re missing.
Siosifa Talakai came off the bench and played in Jesse Ramien’s centre position after Ramien suffering what looks like a swollen eye but Talakai has been one of the best and most consistent for the Sharks, and tonight was no different after he scored a try and ran for over 150 metres.
The Cowboys missed Jason Taumalolo tonight and even with Josh McGuire filling into the lock position he just couldn’t make the numbers Taumalolo does and that is understandable considering Taumalolo’s talent.
Kyle Feldt just keeps scoring tries for the Cowboys after banking two more tries against the Sharks but that couldn’t save the them from being embarrassed on attack and defence so here are the numbers for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys only completed at 69%, they made one linebreak, missed over double the number of tackles the Sharks did with 38 and made 12 errors.
Kennedy played his best game for the Sharks in his young career and Trindall really managed the Sharks around the park very well while Tracey played his part.
The Cowboys to me just look lost and bored after but losing nine games in a row, the Cowboys are certainly in a terrible state and only one man can save them from themselves.
Todd Payten, who coached the Warriors to a 36-6 win over the Knights, needs to be quickly signed by the Cowboys to really harden up their defence like he has done with the Warriors over the last two months.
The Sharks take on the Knights next week with Shaun Johnson to return from an ongoing calf injury while the Cowboys take on the Dragons, who have also suffered a loss this round against the Titans.