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Sharks say Origin star Lewis ready for Storm

Cronulla are backing their State of Origin man of the match Luke Lewis to deliver again when they take on NRL premiers Melbourne on Sunday night.
Sharks say Origin star Lewis ready for Storm
by AAP

By Melissa Woods

MELBOURNE, June 7 AAP - Cronulla are backing their State of Origin man of the match Luke Lewis to deliver again when they take on NRL premiers Melbourne on Sunday night.

Lewis and NSW teammate Andrew Fifita are set to take their places in the Sharks' line-up at AAMI Park, while skipper Paul Gallen will serve his one-match ban for punching Nate Myles during Wednesday's opening Origin game.

Sharks coach Shane Flanagan said Lewis and Fifita were tired and sore after Wednesday night's win over Queensland but certainties to play.

Lewis' barnstorming performance in Origin was all the more impressive given he was bedridden and dosed up on antibiotics before the match.

"He's better now than what he was on Wednesday so if he plays better than he did on Wednesday I'll be really happy," said Flanagan.

"He's pretty tough mentally these days Luke."

The Sharks are on a roll, having won four straight matches including taking the scalp of competition front-runners South Sydney in the last outing.

They managed all four victories without hard man Gallen, who had a knee injury.

But Flanagan said there was no doubt they'd still miss the NSW and Cronulla skipper on Sunday.

"It's easy to say we've won four without him and we can do it again.

"We want him there and it's going to be hard against the premiers but we're really looking forward to the challenge."

Flanagan said his side had been buoyed by their gritty 14-12 win over Souths.

Backrower Lewis also missed that match with a shoulder injury.

"We looked at it as a challenge to test ourselves.

"We knuckled down and got in an arm wrestle with them and enjoyed it."

The Storm have four players also backing up from Origin, with skipper Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater looking to rebound after the Maroons loss.

NSW backrower Ryan Hoffman is the only of the crew with something to smile about.

The Storm have an extra reason to lift against the resurgent Sharks as it's favourite son Smith's 250th NRL match.

Flanagan said the Storm players' years of experience coming off Origin meant they wouldn't be affected playing twice within a few days.

"They're experienced and they know how to handle it so I don't think getting them during the Origin period is either here nor there."


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