Sharks win the John Mannah cup  :Digital Image Grant Trouville © NRLphotos  : NRL Rugby League - Round 25 Parramatta Eels v Cronulla Sharks at Parramatta Stadium Saturday 29th of August 2015.

5 KEY POINTS | Sharks v Eels

1. Everything's not  'all-right' in Cronulla's attack.

Despite right-edge runners Valentine Holmes and Luke Lewis boasting the side's most tries this season, Sosaia Feki and Ricky Leutele gave us all a remind that they too know how to find the line.

Feki bagged a double - and was denied on another venture across the stripe - while Leutele finished off a well-worked backline move, with left-edge back-rower Wade Graham assisting in the lead up.

 

2. Holmes a cool customer when the side needed it.

Having sealed Golden Point wins off his own boot against the Titans and Raiders earlier this season, Valentine Holmes again looked to have won the match for the Sharks when his 76th minute field-goal hit the mark against the Eels. 

If not for Michael Ennis' late try, Holmes' 1-point would most likely have been the winning play. And while it wasn't the difference at the end of the 80 minutes, Holmes' ability to remain composed when the side needs it could prove telling come the semi finals.

 

3. Lewy keeps on grooving.

Luke Lewis scored his 11th try of the season against the Eels yesterday, with he and Michael Ennis' combination working a charm down the side's right edge. Here's hoping the trend doesn't waver as the side continues its Surge to September.

 

4. Chris Heighington continues to impress with the '8' on his back.

17 carries, 166 metres, 19 tackles.

Upon first glance, you'd be forgiven in thinking that these numbers could be attributed to the work-horse that is Paul Gallen.

But having filled the front row vacancy in the Fifita twins' absence, Chris Heighington put in another stellar performance against the Eels, and in doing what he does best, laid the platform for a tight Sharks win.

 

5. We must lift to seal a top 4 finish.

The win over the Eels sent the Sharks into the top four, and on the brink of a finish alongside the game's elite clubs for the first time since 2008.

But if the Sharks are to go on and seal a second chance come semi finals time, the side must lift to another level when taking on the Manly Sea Eagles at Remondis Stadium next Sunday.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Coach Shane Flanagan will no doubt have his men primed for the Steve Rogers Cup showdown next weekend in a bid to ensure a top four berth.