The NYC Sharks have the ideal opportunity to move into second place on the Holden Cup ladder when they play the Manly Sea Eagles in a match deferred from earlier in the season.
While the rest of the NYC teams will be taking a well-earned break, the Sharks and Sea Eagles clash in a match which was postponed back in round three due to the condition of the Brookvale Oval playing surface.
With the Sharks currently fifth but just one point behind the Wests Tigers in second and with the game in hand, a victory on Saturday would see the young Cronulla side trail only the competition-leading Penrith Panthers.
Under the tutelage of new coach John Morris the young Sharks have enjoyed a strong start to the 2016 season, with the 36-26 win over the Broncos last Sunday their sixth in eight games so far this year.
The Sharks were impressive for around 65 minutes of the Broncos match, racing out to a commanding lead before lapsing in concentration as their opponents scored some late face-saving tries, with the 10-point difference at full-time flattering the Brisbane side.
Centre Keenan Yorston was one to impress for the Sharks in what was his first appearance in the NYC team in 2016, scoring three tries in the victory.
Fellow centre Lachlan Stein is another who has been in consistently good form, however as has been the case in most of the Sharks wins so far this year the forwards again laid the platform in getting over the top of their Brisbane rivals.
On the back of Sunday’s win Morris has named an unchanged team to take on Manly, with local front rowers Brock Ilett and Daniel Vasquez retained on the interchange bench after coming into the team last weekend.
The match against Manly will be a stand-alone affair at Brookvale Oval on Saturday afternoon. Kick-off is at 1.30pm
The Sharks team list is as follows;
NYC Round 3 deferred – Team List
Sharks v Manly
Saturday, May 7
Kick-off – 1.30pm
1 Will Kennedy
2 Sione Katoa
3 Keenan Yorston
4 Lachlan Stein
5 Josh Tuilagi
6 Jack Williams
7 Rhys Davies
8 Tepa Fuiavailili
9 Jayden Brailey ©
10 Jaimin Jolliffe
11 Jesse Savage
12 Ash Nisbet
13 Jayden Mcdonogh
14 Justin Timu
15 Brock Ilett
16 Daniel Vasquez
17 Billy Magoulias