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The Sharks escaped with a win over the Eels last Saturday and just as importantly they also emerged unscathed on the injury front, with coach Shane Flanagan able to name the same team – plus Ben Barba who returns – for the clash with Manly on Sunday.

With the Fifita twins Andrew and David training the house down and available for round one of the finals, the Sharks are set to head into the finals with their squad almost intact, an important factor heading into big games to come.

There was something of a scare put through the camp when both Jayson Bukuya and Ricky Leutele were both assisted from the field with concussion during the match against the Eels, however the pair are more than hopeful of being passed fit for Sunday.

Both will undergo the concussion and cognitive testing before being cleared to play the Sea Eagles.

Anthony Tupou, the other Sharks experiencing a minor concern, seems to have overcome the groin injury which saw him withdraw on the day of the Parramatta game and has been named to take his place in the Sharks 17 for the Manly match.

Sitting out the Eels match was more a precaution than anything for Tupou, who is set to play an integral role in the Sharks team in the games to come.

The health of the Sharks squad leaves coach Shane Flanagan in a difficult but somewhat enviable position of having to make some selection decisions, both ahead of this week’s game and also in week one of the finals.

Ben Barba completed a full session yesterday at Remondis, including some physical and intense defensive drills, and is fit to play the Sea Eagles. He has been named in jersey 19 on an extended Sharks bench.  

For a full report, including updates on the long-term injured, click on the following link.

CLICK HERE for the injury report page.

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