Injury Update Round 6
The Sharks will have their entire NRL roster of players available for action in round 6 with the club reporting no major injury concerns.
With David Fifita returning to the field last weekend for the Newtown Jets after overcoming an infection in his knee and skipper Paul Gallen running out against the Wests Tigers following three weeks on the sidelines, all 29 fulltime players became available.
And with no further injury problems reported after last week’s Sharks and Newtown matches, the status quo remains the same for round six in both the NRL and Intrust Super Premiership.
While an ounce of good luck also plays a role, the work of Sharks medical and strength and conditioning staff is to be commended for having all players available in this the sixth week of the 2016 season.
In relation to Gallen, the Sharks captain came through the Tigers match unscathed, playing almost 60 minutes straight in his teams’ 32-24 win at Campbelltown and is a certain starter for the Sharks on Sunday.
The clean bill of health being experienced by the Sharks at the current time does however pose some selection dilemmas for NRL coach Shane Flanagan and as a result the Jets benefit by having a large contingent of players for inclusion in their ISP team.
This week the Jets will have 11 full-time Sharks players for their match against the Bulldogs on Friday night.
In the NYC the picture isn’t quite as rosy, with halfback Rhys Davies and hard-running winger Sione Katoa likely to miss their second games in a row after sitting out the Sharks loss to the Tigers last weekend.
Also missing at the moment for the NYC Sharks is giant winger Semisi Vea who has a leg injury.