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SportCronulla Sharks enforcer Andrew Fifita ready to rip in after suspension in crucial Storm clash

06:22  11 july  2019
06:22  11 july  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Billy Slater has powered Melbourne into a fairytale third straight grand final with a 22-6 flogging of Cronulla , but faces an anxious wait. The try came as a number of Sharks ’ forwards were distracted by a scuffle involving Andrew Fifita in back play, opening the gap for Slater to chase through.

Sharks prop Andrew Fifita . ©Grant Trouville/NRL Photos. While Taumalolo has yet to publicly declare his commitment to Tonga, Fifita 's account is in line with that of fellow Mate Ma'a representative Konrad Hurrell, who last month told The Courier Mail that Taumalolo would be playing this year's

Cronulla Sharks enforcer Andrew Fifita ready to rip in after suspension in crucial Storm clash© Getty Images

Cronulla powerhouse Andrew Fifita is ready to give back to his Sharks teammates after missing the past three weeks through suspension – games that his side ultimately suffered defeats in.

The Tongan international missed three games for a crusher tackle last month, and had to sit out Tonga’s Test match with New Zealand during rep round, as well as games against the Bulldogs and Broncos.

Fifita is arguably the Sharks most important player and that is a fact not lost on the 30-year old as he prepares for a return this weekend against the Melbourne Storm.

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Former Cronulla hooker Michael Ennis believes an altered training program is the reason behind the Sharks ' horrid run of hamstring injuries as prop Cronulla 's casualty ward is now bursting at the seams after Fifita picked up a right hamstring problem and Matt Prior sustained a left shoulder issue

Sharks veteran Luke Lewis has revealed Andrew Fifita has apologised to the Cronulla players and coaching staff for his dramatic post-try verbal spray in Saturday Fifita declined to discuss the incident with reporters after the match but he said on the field soon after full-time that his antics were aimed at

“I feel like I’ve let the boys down the last couple of weeks by not being there, but in saying that I will be ready to go,” he said.

“I see a lot of positives coming out of the games, my main focus was to try and see those.

“We lost to the Dogs and Broncos but the best thing for me is to focus on getting the team ready for the weekend against the best team in the comp.

“My aim is to go down there and get my team humming and back in the winner’s circle, I’m not flying all the way to Melbourne to lose so I just want to show up and give back to the boys.”

Poor goalkicking has let the Sharks down in recent weeks and they will need to rectify that issue if they want to be a threat come the business end of the season.

Fifita was full of praise for rival Cameron Smith, who plays his 400th game this weekend – but says he will not be showing the legendary hooker any leeway on the field.

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* 9.18pm - Fifita wills Sharks back ANDREW Fifita has willed the Sharks back into the contest, driving his team forward in a big set, before planting a kick for a try. Sea Eagles 18-12 Sharks . ** * 9.10pm - Taufua scores controversial try BIG winger Jorge Taufua puts Manly right in control after going in for

Andrew Fifita is set to return to his breakout form of last season after finally securing his playing future, says interim Cronulla coach Peter Sharp. Fifita re-signed with the Sharks on a four-year NRL deal on Saturday, after his multi-million dollar deal with Canterbury spectacularly fell apart last month.

“It’s a massive milestone and I have a lot of respect for Cam and all he has done for the game, but in saying that we’re going down there for a footy game,” he said.

“They will have a lot of emotion going into this game, and I’m not going down there to lose because it’s a special occasion for a player.

“Whoever wants it more is going to come out on top.”

It is always a fierce battle between the Sharks and Storm, dating back to the 2016 Grand Final when the NRL title went to the Shire for the first time in the club’s history.

The visitors will be without Origin star Wade Graham who picked up a hamstring injury in Wednesday night’s game, but the addition of Fifita will no doubt lift the out-of-sorts side.

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