Wade Graham was sporting a handful of stiches above his left eye and the fact that training was short and sharp on Tuesday with a number of players still carrying the bumps and bruises that comes from playing the physical Warriors outfit, the Sharks escaped New Zealand with the two competition points and without any major injury concerns.
With a few days still to go until the Cowboys come to town the 18 selected Sharks are likely to be given a clean bill of health, with the only unavailable players this weekend the long-term injured trio of Jacob Gagan, Fa’amanu Brown and Kyle Stanley, the Fifita twins Andrew and David, and international back rower Luke Lewis.
While unlikely to be fit for this weekend, Lewis is progressing well with his recovery from a knee injury and is expected to be on deck for the round 23 game against the Melbourne Storm.
In some good news, Anthony Tupou made a successful return to the field after recovering from a badly broken jaw suffered back in round nine and when Lewis becomes available coach Shane Flanagan is set to have a selection headache with an abundance of back rowers all performing strongly.
In other news, Mitch Brown missed the Jets match against the Warriors with an abductor strain however he has been named to play the Wests Tigers and is expected to take his place in the Newtown team on Saturday.