Understandably the clash of the table-topping Sharks and the defending premiers the Cowboys attracted plenty of media attention both in the lead up and following the game.

The Sharks won a thriller on the back of an outstanding defensive effort and a spectacular Valentine Holmes try, beating the Cowboys 13-10 to go six points clear of the 2015 NRL champions on the current ladder.

As a consequence of their 10 wins in a row and their impressive first half of the 2016 season, plenty is also being written and said about the Sharks prospects in 2016.

The Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Daily Telegraph all published feature articles talking up the Sharks chances of breaking their 49-year premiership drought.

Wade Graham’s selection in the NSW Origin team for game two also received extensive media attention, as did his subsequent match review panel charge and his one game suspension, a ban which shattered his Origin dream and ruled him out of next Wednesday’s match.

Paul Gallen is never far from the news around Origin time, while Sharks Coach Shane Flanagan found time to praise the efforts of his inspirational skipper, while in other news in-form back rower Jayson Bukuya was featured by NRL.com and Cronulla club immortal Andrew Ettingshausen touch on a couple of sensitive subjects in a revealing interview on the Sterlo show.

See what they’re saying, what they’re writing, in Sharks in the News for Friday, June 17.


Sharks v Cowboys
Cowboys beaten but Blues could lose – Telegraph – CLICK HERE http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/teams/cowboys/north-queensland-cowboys-defeated-by-cronulla-sharks-1310-blues-pair-await-nrl-mrc-verdict/news-story/3df857cde3e5bbac1f930c480cba0710

Maloney kicks Sharks to victory – Telegraph/Herald Sun – Christian Nicolussi – CLICK HERE  http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/nrl/nrl-2016-james-maloney-kicks-cronulla-sharks-to-victory-over-north-queensland-cowboys/news-story/5991aea26cb68eb5f81620a7f37dfbd6

Five Key Points – NRL.com – Martin Gabor - CLICK HERE


Will this be Year of the Shark – The Australian – Margie McDonald – CLICK HERE - http://readnow.isentia.com/Temp/78014/608832039.pdf

Why rivals believe Sharks are the real deal – SMH – Brad Walter – CLICK HERE  http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/why-rival-nrl-players-believe-cronulla-sharks-are-real-deal-this-season-20160611-gpgzx0.html

Flanagan puts lid on expectations – SBS – AAP – CLICK HERE  http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/06/14/flanagan-puts-lid-sharks-expectations

History points to Sharks-Storm GF – Telegraph – Christian Nicolussi – CLICK HERE  http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/teams/cowboys/history-points-to-cronulla-sharks-and-melbourne-storm-meeting-in-nrl-grand-final/news-story/75ccb1cb9fff284e6be3b4c4a1f744fe

Wade Graham
Graham judiciary charge – Telegraph – Matt Logue/Dean Ritchie – CLICK HERE  http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/teams/sharks/state-of-origin-2016-wade-graham-must-beat-judiciary-charge-to-make-origin-debut/news-story/9aecb6f8980ecb184c8fbbae8c9d3f56

Graham faces anxious wait – SMH – Adam Pengilly – CLICK HERE http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-match-report/wade-graham-faces-anxious-wait-after-cronulla-sharks-win-over-north-queensland-20160613-gpi5ek.html

Graham gets the nod – Sunshine Coast Daily – CLICK HERE  http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/shark-graham-gets-nod-for-nsw-squad/3044437/

High shot could cost Graham – NineMsN.com – AAP – CLICK HERE  http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/2016/06/13/05/47/graham-up-to-origin-pressure-flanagan

Graham leads the way – SMH – Brad Walter – CLICK HERE http://readnow.isentia.com/Temp/78014/610865274.pdf

Don’t kill the boys dream – Telegraph – Dean Ritchie – CLICK HERE  http://readnow.isentia.com/Temp/78014/610726325.pdf

Graham banned at judiciary – SMH – Adam Pengilly – CLICK HERE 


State of Origin
Gals magic Origin number – Telegraph – Dean Ritchie – CLICK HERE  http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/state-of-origin/state-of-origin-ii-paul-gallen-says-nsw-must-score-at-least-20-points-at-suncorp-stadium/news-story/2d8e8879876aa1ba485649151d4ddb1b

Gallen sits out training – Fox Sports – Nathan Ryan – CLICK HERE  http://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/state-of-origin/paul-gallen-sits-out-nsw-training-session-as-blues-play-it-safe-with-their-skipper/news-story/da22d8dadf58adf5a51c8aba4be302ce

Flanagan praises inspirational Gallen – NRL.com – Martin Gabor – CLICK HERE  http://www.nrl.com/flanagan-praises-inspirational-gallen/tabid/10874/newsid/98046/default.aspx

Trials and tribulations of Jayson Bukuya – NRL.com – Jack Brady – CLICK HERE  https://www.nrl.com/the-trials-and-tribulations-of-jayson-bukuya/tabid/10874/newsid/97898/default.aspx

Other news
ET’s Message on depression – Fox Sports – Simon Brunsdon – CLICK HERE  http://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/cronulla-legend-andrew-ettinghausens-message-to-people-struggling-with-stress-or-depression/news-story/7004b46e52e28455f3f996b1e440d96b