Last week, the Sharks chalked up win No.5 coming from behind to take a game that could easily have slipped from their grasp.

Other teams may have taken the soft option, but the Sharks proved once again that they have arguably the strongest never-say-die conviction of any side in the NRL, defying a mounting injury toll to claim a 26-18 victory over the Titans.

They’re in the unusual on Sunday

Team news

Sharks: In his 200th NRL appearance, Andrew Fifita (hamstring) will take part. It is expected that Matt Prior (neck) will play. The players to be trimmed from the squad on Saturday were William Kennedy and Billy Magoulias. At PointsBet Stadium, the Sharks won five of their past six games.

Sea Eagles: Dylan Walker’s return to the centers for his season’s first game is a huge boost for Des Hasler’s side. The cavalry also arrived in the form of Jorge Taufua (calf), Addin Fonua-Blake (knee) and Lachlan Croker (hamstring) who helped offset the loss of Moses Suli (finger) and Toafofoa Sipley (knee). Curtis Sironen moves back to the pack from the five-eighth and Jack Gosiewski goes back.

Key match-up

Paul Gallen’s old bull versus Jake Trbojevic’s young bull. With the Sharks picking up more injuries to Andrew Fifita (hamstring) and Matt Prior (neck) last week, this week Gallen will need a snack from the youth fountain to get him ready to play against the tireless Trbojevic for more minutes than usual.


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