The Cronulla Sharks are preparing to take on their Queensland counterparts, the Townsville Stingers, in the National Championship Final at Belmore Sports Ground on Saturday at 1pm.
The Sharks will enter the match full of confidence after enduring three weeks of sudden-death football before their Grand Final triumph over the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Cronulla coach Dave Howlett is “really proud of the team they’ve become and the young men that they’ve developed into.”
Cronulla face Townsville who claimed the Mal Meninga Cup two weeks ago with a 30-24 victory against Easts Tigers.
“I know they’re a really good team,” Howlett describes the Townsville Stingers, a team that the Sharks have never faced before. “I saw their grand final and they definitely deserved to win. They’ve got a lot of attacking threats all over the park.”
Howlett discusses the challenge of preparing his team for this weekend’s clash after last week’s success. “The boys have trained really well, but it was a massive weekend for the club. No one wants to finish the season on a loss and we’ve come so far as a team, we just want to make sure we don’t let each other down.”
Five-eighth Mitchell Dunn was exceptional for the Stingers but will have to watch out for Sharks prop Daniel Vasquez who was magnificent in receiving man-of-the-match honours.
Live streaming will be available once again via www.nswrl.com.au, back by popular demand following last week's live streaming of the SG Ball and Harold Matthews Finals.