Sharks v Sea Eagles


Sharks players dont need to cast their minds back too far in order to remember the semi-final heartbreak suffered at the hands of September experts Manly. They will certainly be looking to extract some revenge when they face the Sea Eagles during the 2014 season.


The Sharks have struggled against Manly over the past five years, losing eight of their past nine matches, including almost identical 25-18 (Round 6) and 24-18 (semi-final) efforts in 2013.


The Sharks remain largely intact from the squad that had its heart ripped out after 80 pulsating minutes against the Sea Eagles last season and while coaches and players will never admit it, reversing the result of the rematch this year would give great satisfaction and set them on course for a successful 2014 campaign.


Sharks v Tigers


The defection of Blake Ayshford to the Sharks officially takes the tally to six former Tigers now in the Shire, with coach Shane Flanagan acquiring another Tiger from Concord to complement a line-up that has played September football for the past two years.


Players never admit it, but the win is just that extra bit enjoyable when it comes against the club that shut the door in your face, and Ayshford gets an opportunity to stick it to his old club the way his old team-mates have. Losers of four straight against the Tigers, Cronulla along with Andrew Fifita, Beau Ryan, John Morris, Chris Heighington and Bryce Gibbs swept the merger-club in 2013 with two strong wins.


Sharks v Dragons


A far as local derbies go, they don't come closer than the current ledger between Cronulla and the St George Illawarra, with the record standing at 16-15 in favour of the Sharks (with one draw).


And that final win was secured in the last minute of their most recent clash in Wollongong, where prop Andrew Fifita chased down his own toe poke to complete one of the more dramatic finishes in 2013.


True to form, both sides have split their past six games, meaning bragging rights could once again go on the line next season when a new-look Dragons side face their more fancied neighbours.


Check back on the Sharks website on Wednesday for details of our 2014 schedule with the release of the 2014 NRL Draw.