Cronulla coach John Morris is glad reasonably than unhappy that the struggling Sharks’ subsequent NRL project is as powerful as they arrive, away to NRL ladder leaders Melbourne.
On type and paper, it’s not a fixture Cronulla ought to relish after three successive losses, whereas Melbourne have gained seven straight.
The Sharks have been, nevertheless, the final workforce to beat Melbourne, defeating them 20-18 in Sydney in early Could.
Morris stated it actually damage to lose 24-22 at house to a youthful Brisbane facet on Sunday after main by ten factors within the second half.
Requested about subsequent Saturday’s conflict with the Storm in Melbourne, the place Cameron Smith is about to play his 400th NRL sport, Morris stated: “I’m glad it’s that to be trustworthy.
“It’s a battle we stay up for, two groups who’ve a little bit of historical past.
“That’s what we want in the meanwhile, we want that mindset, we have to get that physicality again in our sport.
“That’s no disrespect to the Bulldogs and Brisbane over the past two weeks as a result of they’ve made us look foolish, however hopefully the boys will probably be tuned in.”
Morris will hope to have Paul Gallen (glute-hamstring) and Matt Moylan out there after each have been compelled off in Sunday’s sport.
He may even be hoping for an finish to the goalkicking woes which have beset his facet of late.
In every of the final three losses they’ve scored extra tries than the opposite facet however struggled to kick targets.
Halfback Chad Townsend missed all 4 of his conversion makes an attempt on Sunday.
Kyle Flanagan landed his solely try however his availability for subsequent week could possibly be doubtful after he was reported for kneeing Broncos prop Matt Lodge.
Morris’s need to have a dependable goalkicker meant he changed Shaun Johnson a couple of minutes from the end, although the New Zealand worldwide struggled to make an impression.