SportLegend nails 'irresponsible, lazy' Fifita
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The knives are out for Andrew Fifita amid Cronulla's alarming form slump, with the Test prop branded "irresponsible" and "lazy" after his weekend howler.
Fifita was sin-binned for a wild shoulder charge on Lachlan Burr as the Sharks lost to the Warriors on Friday. New Zealand kicked a penalty goal and field goal after the incident to win 19-18, handing Cronulla their fifth consecutive defeat to drop out of the top eight.
Fifita has now taken an early guilty plea over the hit and will miss Cronulla's crucial clash against the Cowboys on Thursday, as they try to improve a disappointing 7-10 record.
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"It cost them the game," NRL legend Darren Lockyer said on Wide World of Sports' Sunday Footy Wrap. "It was pretty irrespnsible, lazy to do that late in the game.
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"They're struggling for form. Fifita was suspended for three weeks just prior to representative round, too. They need their best players out there and Andrew's going to miss a week out of this.
"At the end of the day, the Sharks have got to start winning footy games. Otherwise, they won't play finals."
Former Jillaroos star Allana Ferguson said that Fifita, an $800,000 per season star at the Sharks, was not living up to his standing as a senior player. She said that Fifita let down his side against the Warriors.
"Coming from someone who's supposed to be one of their leaders on the field, it was at a crucial time and it was during a game that they really needed to win," Ferguson said.
"After that sin-bin, they (the Warriors) got the penalty goal and then they got the field goal. It was a tough loss, but tougher from the team coming from someone who really needs to stand up in those big occasions and those big moments, and has let them down."
Green nails Warriors win over Sharks
The Warriors have consigned Cronulla to five straight NRL losses with a 19-18 win in Wellington, capped by Blake Green's late field goal.
Rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns said that the Sharks, premiers in 2016, should still make the finals - but things clearly had to change. He suggested that young half Kyle Flanagan may come into the mix, with the existing playmaking combination struggling.
"I think they will (play finals); I declared them dark horses a month ago," Johns said.
"They need to sort out their combinations, especially in the halves; whether Shaun Johnson and (Chad) Townsend go together, because at the moment, it's just not working there.
"John Morris has to make some tough decisions there; that's why he's a first-grade coach. But at the moment, it's not working."
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