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Round 4 v St George Illawarra Saturday March 30 at Sharks Stadium



Match Discussion Here. 


Can you go easy on us :lol: 


I pity you blokes. We are so ready for a win it hurts ... :)

So - don't put all of your eggs in the one basket. 


I don't think we've been playing that well even though we've been winning games so I think we're primed for a big performance. 


SHARKS: Michael Gordon, Jonathan Wright, Ben Pomeroy, Matthew Wright, Beau Ryan, Todd Carney, Jeff Robson, Andrew Fifita, John Morris, Ben Ross, Luke Lewis, Wade Graham, Paul Gallen (capt). Interchange: Chris Heighington, Jayson Bukuya, Isaac De Gois, Anthony Tupou, Sam Tagataese (one to be omitted).

DRAGONS: Gerard Beale, Brett Morris, Daniel Vidot, Matt Cooper, Jason Nightingale, Jamie Soward, Nathan Fien, Dan Hunt, Mitch Rein, Michael Weyman, Tyson Frizell, Ben Creagh (capt), Trent Merrin. Interchange: Bronson Harrison, Jack Stockwell, Matt Prior, Cameron King, Leeson Ah Mau, Chase Stanley (two to be omitted). 


Sharkies by 12. 


you mean we won't lose by 13+ this week, geeze must be first for everything :lol: 


Shame that Leutele gets dropped, I still don't rate Pomeroy highly. Also, Tagatese had a blinder last week and will likely get dropped for De Gois who apparently isn't fully fit, if he was he surely would be starting hooker? Can't say we're lacking depth this year thats for sure!

Even so, I reckon the boys should win, it's never really easy in the derby but the way they've been playing lately, if we turn it on anything could happen.

Hope they get another massive turn out in the crowd and it's a great game, GO SHARKIES, should win by lets say 16. 


Leutele wasn't dropped, Jared.

He is out for the season with injury. 


Are you going to game Pete? 


Local derby mate. If that doesn't lift the Dragons for a big one then nothing will. 


oh. bugger. Beau Ryan to centre and Nathan Gardner to wing then? :) 


Good luck tonight Sharkies, grow an other leg and smash the DragQueens. 


Dragons down Sharks 25-12 at Sharks Stadium

[*]News Limited Network
[*]March 31, 2013 7:21AM

THE axe over St George Illawarra coach Steve Price was temporarily holstered last night as the Dragons produced the grittiest display under his watch to post the club's first victory of the season.

With all the glamour of a junkyard dog chewing a squash ball, St George Illawarra found enough punch to post four tries in an absorbing local derby against Cronulla.

In a heated contest, one section of Dragons supporters chanted "We love ASADA" while a separate area of the Sharks faithful threw a rubber ball at Jamie Soward as he lined up a sideline conversion.

Those who had written off the Red V had forgotten the history, culture and pride still breathing within this club.

It wasn't pretty, but the pride was there in spades, exhibited by the performances of Trent Merrin, Dan Hunt, Jason Nightingale and much-maligned five-eighth Soward, who finished with 13 points from a try, four goals and a field goal.

When Price was asked if there was a feeling of relief, he said: "Especially in the dressing room. They've been working their backsides off over those losses and we fine-tuned a couple of things and we went out and replicated that."

What about for the Dragons coach personally?

"It's not about me, it's all about this footy club and the playing group. I'm just really relieved for the players, they're the ones that have been putting in all the hard work," he said.

"We know we are a good footy team. Certain things haven't been happening the previous weeks, but it's a step in the right place and we can really carry that forward now.

"It's a credit to the playing group and our footy club that we hung tough and got our defence back in order, which has been leaking far too may points. To keep a quality team to 12 points I thought was an outstanding display.

"A special rap goes to our senior playing group. They held everyone accountable and they went out and replicated that performance and everyone got on the back of it."

Nightingale bagged a double, one where he should have been wearing a Superman cape, Soward scored a 75m intercept try and Nathan Fien opened the Dragons' account.
When it really mattered, off-contract five-eighth Soward delivered, and later revealed a section of Sharks supporters had thrown a rubber ball at him when he was lining up a sideline conversion.

"They love it. They threw a rubber ball. That's not really sensible, that's player safety," he said.

"It didn't hit me but stuff like that is unwarranted.

"But it didn't put me off, I still kicked it. I love kicking them from the sideline."

As Soward pointed out, one win doesn't make a season, especially when it's on again next Sunday against Newcastle and ex-coach Wayne Bennett.

"It's great for Pricey," Soward said.
"We're out there putting the performances in, he's putting the game plans on the board, but at the end of the day people are going to talk about whether you win or lose.

"Everyone gets to sleep easy tonight and then turn up Monday and it's on again.
"One win doesn't make your season but it definitely helps.

"We've been under the pump for a month. Everyone's been saying what they want to say.

"Obviously when you're not winning you're going to get more criticism than when you're winning."

Dragons captain Ben Creagh said the club's senior playing group held a meeting last Monday after the embarrassing round-three performance against Canberra.

Sharks coach Shane Flanagan refused to blame the strain the club has been under thanks to the drugs cloud surrounding the club for the letdown.

"I could toss that one up and that might be the case but I'm not going to throw it out there as an excuse," Flanagan said.

ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA 25 (J Nightingale 2 N Fien J Soward tries J Soward 4 goals J Soward field goal) bt CRONULLA 12 (A Fifita J Robson tries M Gordon 2 goals) at Sharks Stadium. Referee: Phil Haines, Ashley Klein. Crowd: 20,130.

The Dragons have their first win of the season and what a sweet one it is - a 25-12 derby victory over Cronulla at Sharks Stadium.

Jason Nightingale's athletic double and tries to playmakers Nathan Fien and Jamie Soward - who also kicked four conversions and a field goal - got the visitors home.

The Sharks fall to a 2-2 win-loss record and could have extra concerns following a foot or ankle injury to star playmaker Todd Carney, who was helped off the field before half-time and didn't return for the rest of the game.


Is that the game? After an earlier miss Jamie Soward thumps a field goal to give the Dragons a 25-12 lead.
There's only seven minutes left on the clock and the Sharks need more than two tries - the Dragons are surely home for their first win of the year.


Jason Nightingale take a(nother) bow. The Dragons winger scores a second spectacular try, chasing down a Nathan Fien grubber to edge his side closer to a first win of the season.

It's so close they'll need to check upstairs - there's only inches in it but the video ref rules Nightingale has just got the ball down before the line.

Jamie Sowards keeps his perfect conversion rate intact with another clutch kick to put the Dragons up 24-12.


Don't worry about Todd Carney, the Sharks are right back in the game thanks to an Andrew Fifita try.

Fifita gets a short ball from dummy-half John Morris and there's no stopping the Sharks big man as he barges over from just a couple of metres out.

Jeff Robson converts and it's back to a one-try game, the Dragons leading 18-12.


Is it a bird? A plane? No, it's Jason Nightingale showing off his flying skills to give the Dragons get first points of the second half and extend their lead over the Sharks. MATCH CENTRE: Sharks v Dragons

After some good ball movement puts the Dragons winger in space on the right touchline, Nightingale soars through the air Superman-style to beat the cover defence and plant the ball do

Jamie Soward nails the sideline conversion and the Dragons are up 18-6.

The Sharks have one last attack to level the scores before the break but the Dragons hold firm and stay 12-6 ahead as the players hit the sheds.

A try each to embattled halves Nathan Fien and Jamie Soward had the Dragons 12-0 up early on before Jeff Robson crossed late in the half to keep Cronulla in touch.

The big talking point though is an injury to Sharks star Todd Carney, who was helped off the field after spraining his ankle. There's no word yet on whether he'll return but that looks a major doubt.


Finally some good news for the Sharks as they register their first try of the night through Jeff Robson.

The halfback scores off his own grubber kick, but only after brilliant work from centre Ben Pomeroy who flicks the ball back into play as it bounces over the in-goal line.
Robson is first there to ground it and Michael Gordon's conversion means the Sharks trail 12-6 just before half-time.



Potential disaster for the Sharks as star playmaker Todd Carney is assisted off the field.

It looks to be an ankle injury as he hops off (on his good leg) to have it looked at, with Cronulla trailing 12-0 about five minutes before the half-time break.


What's going on? The Dragons are in again! This time it's Jamie Soward scoring a runaway try to make it two in two minutes (or thereabouts) for the visitors.

As the Sharks cough up possession while on the attack, Sowards scoops up the loose ball in his own 20m line and races away to score unopposed.

Sowards converts his own try and it's 12-0 to the Dragons.


Throw out the form books, the Dragons have opened the scoring at Sharks Stadium through a Nathan Fien try.

Barnstorming backrower Trent Merrin sets up the try with a big run and even better offloard, leaving Fien a short run to the tryline.

Jamie Soward converts from in front of the posts and it's the visitors up 6-0 early.


The team lists are in and the main news is that Michael Weyman and Daniel Vidot are out for the Dragons.

With Weyman (calf strain) out Jack Stockwell gets to start in the front-row, while Chase Stanley replaces Vidot in the centres and Michael Henderson comes on to the bench. MATCH CENTRE: Sharks v Dragons

There's also a change for the Sharks, with Sam Tagatese replacing Jayson Bukuya on the bench.

SHARKS: Michael Gordon, Jonathan Wright, Ben Pomeroy, Matthew Wright, Beau Ryan, Todd Carney, Jeff Robson, Andrew Fifita, John Morris, Ben Ross, Luke Lewis, Wade Graham, Paul Gallen (capt). Interchange: Chris Heighington, Isaac De Gois, Anthony Tupou, Sam Tagataese.

DRAGONS: Gerard Beale, Brett Morris, Chase Stanley, Matt Cooper, Jason Nightingale, Jamie Soward, Nathan Fien, Dan Hunt, Mitch Rein, Jack Stockwell, Tyson Frizell, Ben Creagh (capt), Trent Merrin. Interchange: Bronson Harrison, Matt Prior, Cameron King, Michael Henderson.



WELCOME to our rolling coverage and live match centre for the Sharks' Saturday night NRL clash with the Dragons.

Kick-off is 7.30pm AEDT.

Can the Dragons turn their poor start to the season around and grab a first win for 2013? Or will the Sharks build on their impressive impressive form to heap more misery on their local rivals?


Carney snap a sole-destroyer for Sharks

[*]James Phelps
[*] The Sunday Telegraph
[*]March 31, 2013 12:00AM

A SNAPPED fibreglass orthotic sent a shockwave through the Shire last night, with the "popping" sound made by the foot support leading to fears of another season-ending injury to Todd Carney.

Carney last night thought he had ruptured his achilles tendon for the second time since September.

With coach Shane Flanagan bracing for the worst, Carney was carried from the field after being downed in an awkward first-half tackle.

Carney heard a snap and was fearing a lengthy stint on the sidelines until the club doctor took off his boot and found the noise came from a broken fibreglass foot insert.

"It is a strange one," Flanagan said.

"He heard something snap and it turned out it was his orthotic, such was the impact and the power that went through his foot.

"I was hoping it wasn't his achilles, but it was running through my mind that it was it for Todd's season.

"Thank God it wasn't."

Carney did not return to the field as the Dragons shocked the Sharks to rack up their first win off the season.

The NSW playmaker was diagnosed with a foot sprain and will have scans tomorrow to determine the full extent of the injury.

"We will have to get some scans but they think it is a mid-foot sprain," Flanagan said.

"It is nothing to do with his achilles, so hopefully it is not too bad."

Carney was walking after the match but did not want to speak about the injury.

Flanagan refused to use the strike weapon's absence as an excuse for the defeat in front of a full house at Shark Park.

"He had a bit of an impact with a few changes there," Flanagan said.

"But whether that would have had an impact on the result, I am not sure."

The Sharks were blown away by the Dragons in the early stages of the match, with the besieged outfit missing tackles and dropping the ball.

Despite being at the centre of an ASADA drug investigation, Flanagan said the past four weeks had no bearing on the result last night.

"The Dragons were good, we were poor," Flanagan said. "We were off and they were on. The Dragons were good and played with some attitude and we didn't have that."

The Sharks fought back after the break but were silenced by a spectacular try to winger Jason Nightingale.

"We just let a couple of easy tries in. We spoke about balls on the ground and Soward raced away to score one after picking one up," Sharks skipper Paul Gallen said. 


We were simply awful last night.

We were as flat as a two week old soda bottle.

I could see it coming from a mile away considering the Dragons recent run of poor form.

Congrats to the Dragons they deserved their win, we were never in it.

I was very disappointed in the behaviour of both sets of fans last night.

A section of our fans pelting rubber balls at Soward should wake up to themselves and grow up.

It is simply unacceptable behaviour.

As for the Dragons fans chanting about the ASADA investigation should hang their heads in shame.

There is a fine line between banter and that crossed the line.

I hope both clubs take action against the sections of both sets of fans.

It is simply unacceptable behaviour. 


Suck pus Leroy ya loser. 26 nil how ya like them apples :) 


the sharks were a bit flat after al the hype and effort of the three previous games. They do however have the playing combinations to give the competition a real shake this season. All fans sledge the opposition especially the sharks fans but throwing things at players is usually something that the dodgie fans do and it wasn't a good look for the sharks who have enough problems. 


Cronulla searching for fan who threw squash ball at Jamie Soward

[*] by: Margie McDonald
[*] From: The Australian
[*] April 01, 2013 12:00AM

CRONULLA will try to find the culprit who threw a squash ball near Jamie Soward as he lined up for a kick near the Sharks Stadium sideline on Saturday night.

Interim chief executive Bruno Cullen said that kind of crowd misbehaviour would not be tolerated.

"I will ensure we scan CCTV footage, if available, and take appropriate action," Cullen said.

The NRL is calling for a report from its groundsmen on duty at the Sharks-Dragons derby, where the visitors enjoyed a 25-12 win - their first of the season.

"If we require further assistance from the Sharks to deal with the matter, we'll contact them," NRL football operations manager Nathan McGuirk said.

"Obviously any type of incident like that is of concern and one we don't take lightly."

Soward told Triple M radio's Sunday Offload program the ball interfered with his line of sight. 

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