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Always loved writing and thought I should give this a go. Love most sports although the Sharkies are the team I'm the most passionate about. Follow me on Twitter @davidholden3101

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Thanks all. I didn’t name Seibold, Bennett or Cleary as I think all will get at least 2 seasons to get the job done. Of course, if one of those teams goes into freefall, anything can happen.

I can understand the comments re Brennan and Brown but I still don’t think either have a squad with the same quality as the Eels, Cowboys or Raiders. Although with Ramien, Klemmer and others joining the Knights, the pressure will start to build on Brown.

I think Hasler and Pay are safe. Re St George, the calls for McGregor come annually but a similar finish in 2019 is probably enough

The NRL coaches under pressure in 2019

That was a fantastic effort last night. Sometimes it takes adversity to bring out the best in someone, so with no Smith or Warner, Khawaja shined. He went with a clear plan to play the spinners (much like Hayden did many years ago in India) and it worked. With Head and Finch looking solid to, hopefully there will be competition for spots when Bancroft, Smith and Warner return. A top 6 of Warner, Finch, Khawaja, Smith, Head and Maxwell looks pretty good to me although there is a long way to go before that becomes a reality. Paine had a real captain’s knock and I’d love for him to be VC once Smith returns

Khawaja and Paine come of age as Australia shine in Dubai

Scott, don’t think our premiership window is closed at all. Our current rep players are all running around next year (Wade Graham and Paul Gallen would have made a big difference last night) and we have arguably the best crop of juniors coming through given we are in the NSW Cup and Jersey Flagg GF’s this weekend. The trick is keeping the top juniors at the club which I think goes a long way to explain why we have let a number of first graders leave. We may struggle to win next year but the next 3-5 years look good to me

Seven talking points from Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks NRL preliminary final

Head batted 3 for Australia against India A but agree Khawaja could take that spot. I like Shaun Marsh at 5 so wouldn’t want to change that.

Labuchagne does bat at 3 for Queensland which probably puts him the frame to open. Burns would be unlucky to miss out, I agree, but I just don’t see him making the side.

The Australian cricket team will surprise us this summer

A fair portion of the Panther’s comeback on Friday night was due to Gallen and Lewis sitting on the bench. It is hard enough to win a semi final without your full 17 available…just look at the Dragons last night. If they are both available, that time on the bench may actually prove invaluable. I’m completely biased, but the Sharks are still a big chance to win this comp.

Have Cronulla played their grand final?

The back 5 had a day out for the Sharks, with Holmes running 240m and Feki and Capewell both in excess of 180m

Cronulla Sharks vs Newcastle Knights: NRL live scores, blog

Well, Shane Flanagan insisted on a better second half performance and the Sharks delivered with a great second 40 minutes, featuring some great tries.

The Knights were brave, finishing with only 2 players on their bench. The Sharks laid the platform through the forwards, with Fifita, Woods and Gallen all making big metres.

Townsend and Flanagan played well off the go forward creating a number of tries.

The Sharks points differential is now ahead of the Dragons but St George now has the chance to take that lead back.

What did you think of that, Roarers?

Cronulla Sharks vs Newcastle Knights: NRL live scores, blog

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The Knights throw the ball around again but it breaks down and the Sharks have continued their push into the top 4 with a 38-12 win.

Sharks 38
Knights 12

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80′

Luke Lewis is on the field for the end of the game.

Feki makes another break but Graham puts down the inside pass

Sharks 38
Knights 12

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79′

In his final game for the Sharks, Lee has kicked the conversion

Sharks 38
Knights 12

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77′

That is just brilliant. The Sharks go down the left hand side and Feki makes a long run before kicking back in-field. Townsend takes it on full at pace and has scored under the posts. TRY

Sharks 36
Knights 12

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76′

Newcastle throwing the ball around.

Pearce’s kick is taken by Holmes

Sharks 32
Knights 12

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74′

Short kick off taken again by Sharks.

Gallen makes inspirational run.

Townsend’s bomb is taken by Meaney

Sharks 32
Knights 12

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73′

Conversion from Holmes is good.

Sharks 32
Knights 12

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71′

Short kick off taken by Capewell.

Dugan makes a break down right.

Graham’s bomb is batted back by Dugan to Lee who has scored his second try. TRY.

Sharks 30
Knights 12

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69′

Fifita taken just short. Possible crusher tackle. Accidental contact but a penalty is awarded.

Sharks will look to take the 2 points. Holmes conversion is good.

Sharks 26
Knights 12

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68′

Mata’utia has made a mistake in the play the ball and the Sharks will go on the attack

Sharks 24
Knights 12

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67′

Sharks make good yards again. Townsend’s bomb is padded back but Lee has knocked on

Sharks 24
Knights 12

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65′

Holmes has dropped the kick but Newcastle penalised for offside. Lucky break there for Cronulla.

Sharks 24
Knights 12

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63′

Knights kick is charged down again.

Sharks go left again but defence holds. Sio runs after a Shark mistake and almost gets away

Sharks 24
Knights 12

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63′

Good set from Sharks and Townsend’s bomb taken by Meaney

Sharks 24
Knights 12

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62′

Holmes is the first Cronulla player to score 20 tries in a season.

Prior brings it back

Sharks 24
Knights 12

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61′

Holmes’ conversion is good.

Sharks 24
Knights 12

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60′

The Sharks go right and Holmes has gone straight through the gap, beaten Meaney and is in under the posts. TRY

Sharks 22
Knights 12

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59′

Knights looking dangerous.

Graham has charged down Pearce’s last tackle kick

Sharks 18
Knights 12

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