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

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

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.

Cronulla Sharks enforcer Andrew Fifita ready to rip in after suspension in crucial Storm clash
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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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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. How To Get A Home Loan With 5% Deposit Find out more on Finder Ad Finder.com.au The Tongan international

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. How To Get A Home Loan With 5% Deposit Find out more on Finder Ad Finder.com.au The Tongan international

“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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Andrew Fifita 's Sharks teammates say the prop is desperate to atone for his suspension with a stirring performance on his return against the Rabbitohs. Fifita missed last week's relieving win over the Cowboys after his shoulder charge on Warriors forward Lachlan Burr the previous round.

“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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