FINALS WK 1 | Friday update
Players wandered in for massage and physio treatments and Michael Gordon was alone on Remondis Stadium going through his goal-kicking practice routine on however there was no formal training for the NRL squad today.
The only players going through their paces on Friday were those not selected for the Elimination Final on Sunday, with the likes of Junior Roqica, Blake Ayshford, Mitch Brown, Sami Sauiluma and Todd Murphy keep their fitness levels up should they be required over the next few weeks.
Today for the NRL squad was a rest day as is traditionally the case two days out from a game, with most of the hard work done on Wednesday and Thursday as the players went through ball work and strength sessions in getting them ready for the big game on Sunday.
Tomorrow will see the Captain’s run, with the team to put the final polish on their preparations in a field session at Remondis Stadium.
Souths it has been rumoured will have their final training run at Allianz tomorrow after lunch, however Coach Shane Flanagan has decided to stick to the plan which has proved successful throughout the year and to train at the Sharks home base at Remondis.
With no player activity involving the NRL squad, Friday has been a quiet affair, however the excitement is certain to ramp up when the players return to training tomorrow ahead of the game on Sunday.
Over the next 24-48 hours Flanagan will be forced to make some tough decisions as to the final make-up of his 17-man squad, with three set to drop off an extended bench after 20 players were named on Tuesday.
At his weekly media conference Flanagan declared Andrew Fifita a certain starter, but remained coy on the remainder of his interchange bench.
In responding to the role he expected Fifita to play, Flanagan also admitted to being undecided as to whether he would start the big front rower or bring him into the game from the interchange bench.
Flanagan also went on to state twin brother David is also a genuine chance of playing in Sunday’s game, with his size and power set to be an asset against a Souths side somewhat depleted by injury and suspension.
And other than the coach's weekly media conference held at midday today, Michael Ennis was interviewed by the Big Sports Breakfast radio show. For those who missed it, the interview is now available by going to the Sharks Radio page. CLICK HERE to listen.
In addition to the team going’s on, the Sharks launched their 2016 Membership program today.
The Sharks membership portal has also been launched with an exciting new look, so click on the link above, get on board and confirm your support of the club in 2016.
And in game day information for Sunday, why not get to Sharkies before heading out to Moore Park, with lunch specials on offer in the bistro. $10 will get you a burger and chips or spicy chicken wings and chips, with kids meals $5.
From there jump on one of the free Sharks buses arranged to transport the fans to Allianz Stadium. The free bus service runs from 12.30pm until last bus at 2.30pm.
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The Sharks v Souths match is scheduled for a 4.10pm kick off on Sunday.