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Australia Sharks move on from Finucane for top four

07:31  29 july  2022
07:31  29 july  2022 Source:   aap.com.au

Panthers do it tough to overcome Sharks and go ten points clear

  Panthers do it tough to overcome Sharks and go ten points clear Penrith have survived an early scare against the Cronulla Sharks to record a tight 20-10 win at BlueBet Stadium,moving ten points clear at the top of the NRL ladder. It brings them into sight of the record in the NRL era, set by the 2006 Melbourne Storm, of an eight point winning margin in the Minor Premiership race. They did it the hard way. The Sharks raced into a ten point lead in the early stages and put the Panthers off their game in a way that few have managed, but were gradually pegged back and overhauled by this relentless Penrith team.

Cronulla coach Craig Fitzgibbon fears Dale Finucane's suspension may set a dangerous precedent for all players, but has told the Sharks they must move on for the sake of their own title hopes.

Coach Craig Fitzgibbon is unhappy with Dale Finucane's ban, but says the Sharks must move on. © Dan Himbrechts/AAP PHOTOS Coach Craig Fitzgibbon is unhappy with Dale Finucane's ban, but says the Sharks must move on.

The Sharks will be without Finucane for the next two matches after he was found guilty of dangerous contact by the NRL judiciary, following a sickening head clash with Stephen Crichton.

Both the Sharks and Finucane were adamant the contact was accidental, with even Penrith players noting there was never any question of intent.

Panthers do it tough to overcome Sharks and go ten points clear

  Panthers do it tough to overcome Sharks and go ten points clear Penrith have survived an early scare against the Cronulla Sharks to record a tight 20-10 win at BlueBet Stadium,moving ten points clear at the top of the NRL ladder. It brings them into sight of the record in the NRL era, set by the 2006 Melbourne Storm, of an eight point winning margin in the Minor Premiership race. They did it the hard way. The Sharks raced into a ten point lead in the early stages and put the Panthers off their game in a way that few have managed, but were gradually pegged back and overhauled by this relentless Penrith team.

Fincuane claimed on Tuesday night he was worried the decision will set a dangerous precedent for defenders, particularly those who come out of the line to apply pressure on ball carriers.

Fitzgibbon further pushed that case on Friday by labelling the decision "disappointing," but insisted Cronulla must find a way to move on ahead of their blockbuster against South Sydney on Saturday.

"Yeah I do (agree with Dale)," Fitzgibbon said.

"But there is no point going over it now, the decision gets taken away from you and we just have to move on with things.

"It's disappointing. Really disappointing for not only Dale but the team. But it is what it is, we have to move on.

"Cam McInnes comes into the team. We trust Cam and everyone loves playing alongside him, but it's disappointing."

Finucane facing ban for Crichton hit 'that was like a car crash' in Panthers' comeback win over Sharks

  Finucane facing ban for Crichton hit 'that was like a car crash' in Panthers' comeback win over Sharks The NRL match review committee has charged Sharks forward Dale Finucane with grade-three dangerous contact – the worst category applicable – on Sunday morning for his controversial hit on Panthers centre Stephen Crichton. Penrith survived an early scare against the Cronulla Sharks to record a tight 20-10 win at BlueBet Stadium, moving 10 points clear at the top of the NRL ladder. It brings them into sight of the record in the NRL era, set by the 2006 Melbourne Storm, of an eight-point winning margin in the minor premiership race and the all-time mark of 11 set by Souths in 1951.

Fitzgibbon is well aware of how crucial Saturday's game is for both Cronulla and South Sydney's seasons.

The Sharks remain third and were on a five-match hot streak before last week's defeat to the Panthers.

Fitzgibbon's men also have the most favourable run home of any top-four hopeful, with matches against St George Illawarra, Wests Tigers, Manly, Canterbury and Newcastle to follow.

In contrast the Rabbitohs are just one win behind in sixth but could leapfrog Cronulla with a big win, such is the tightness of the competition.

Souths' run home is far more difficult with five other top-eight teams in their way, making Saturday's clash even more crucial for them off the back of four straight wins and their attack clicking.

"It's impossible to ignore the positions on the ladder," Fitzgibbon said.

"But we do still feel like there is a bit of time left. It's not like this is the week before the semi-finals and we need to get it done.

"We just need to work on consistency and parts of our game to make sure we piece it all together at the right time."

'Wild old night' sees Tom Burgess sent off, Latrell miss three field goals and Hynes the hero for Sharks .
Craig Fitzgibbon has described his relief after a ‘wild old night’ at Cronulla, with the Sharks downing Souths 21-20 after a golden point period that saw Tom Burgess sent off for a high tackle, Latrell Mitchell miss three field goal attemps and Nicho Hynes ice his – but only after Matt Moylan had also missed twice. In the NRL week that has had everything, perhaps we should have expected the unexpected. Certainly, few could have predicted a finish like this. “We got it done in the end,” said Fitzgibbon. “It was a wild old night, filled with many different things.

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