Cronulla Sutherland Sharks

NRL 2018: Cronulla Sharks to blood coach Shane Flanagan's son Kyle in NRL trials

Flanagan revealed Kyle, 19, will play in the Sharks No.7 jersey in his side's first pre-season trial against Manly at Southern Cross Group Stadium on February 17.

The Sharks coach has previously said he would have no hesitation picking his son for first grade if he feels he's up to it and Kyle looks set to receive his first taste in the coming months.

While Flanagan said Chad Townsend and Matt Moylan were his first-pick halfback and five-eighth for 2018, he was giving his son every chance to push for a starting spot.


Cronulla Sharks predicted Round 1 line-up

While there is conjecture around whether either of those big-name fullbacks will displace incumbent Valentine Holmes, they seem likely to start at centre and five-eighth respectively. Aaron Gray could start at centre or wing. The pack will look very familiar to fans, other than the inclusion of Ava Seumanufagai on the bench. expert Jamie Soward says:

"The most contested spots will be on their bench. Do they carry two hookers or do they use Paulo instead of Segeyaro? Kurt Capewell, can he provide good minutes and not have those inconsistent performances.

Sharks ready to move on after Origin

The Sharks have had five players involved in the 2017 State of Origin Series and although James Maloney missed Saturday night's loss, the other four players backed up in various emotional states.

Valentine Holmes was riding the high of Queensland's win but rotated with Gerard Beale between wing and fullback, Andrew Fifita's Origin heartbreak was offset by the birth of his third child and Jack Bird and Wade Graham carried the burden of the Blues' defeat into the clash with the Titans.

Heartbreaking lesson for Tiger cubs

The Tigers looked home and hosed when Malakai Watene-Zelezniak crossed and then Tui Lolohea nailed the sideline conversion to move them ahead by eight points with 10 minutes remaining, but it wasn't to be as the Sharks punished a couple of errors to race in two late tries to steal the win. 

Heighno's call to Leichhardt faithful

As the Wests Tigers use three grounds – Leichhardt Oval, Campbelltown Stadium and ANZ Stadium – throughout the season, they have only met the Sharks on seven occasions at the venue since 2000.

Sharks got exactly what they expected

Cronulla appeared in control for long stretches of Saturday night's game, but their inability to land the knockout blow came back to haunt them as Leivaha Pulu crossed twice in the final 13 minutes to seal the upset win.   

Impatient Panthers frustrated

The Panthers were held tryless for the first time since 2015 and were guilty of turning the ball over inside the Sharks' 20-metre zone early in the tackle count on several occasions.

Maloney field goal ends Knights comeback

The home side looked in control of the match when they held a 12-point lead with 11 minutes to go, before tries to Knights outside backs Brendan Elliot and Jacob Gagan got the visitors level at 18-all with seven minutes left.

Unsung Heighington set to join 300 club

The former Wests Tigers back-rower joined the Sharks in 2013 and has been a shining light for the club ever since, helping deliver the Shire its first premiership in a heart-stopping grand final win over the Storm last year. 

Sharks focused on Knights, not GF replay

Cronulla have started the year 2-2 and know they can't afford a slip up at this stage of the season given the Storm and Roosters have already jumped two wins clear after the first four rounds. 

While it would be easy to have one eye on the game down in Melbourne, back-rower Wade Graham said that wasn't the case.