Despite State of Origin dominating the media discussion over the past week, the first placed Sharks also commanded their fair share of headlines.
The Sharks record-breaking 12th consecutive win received plenty of coverage, while their bid to make it 13 against the Panthers on Sunday, albeit with a team missing five players to State of Origin, was another topic worthy of debate.
State of Origin and the involvement of five Sharks players rated more than a mention, with Paul Gallen to play his last Origin match, Wade Graham his first.
And due to the withdrawal of Adam Reynolds, Jack Bird slots into the all-important five eighth role in the third and final game of the 2016 series.
In case you’ve missed it, below are links to all that made news relating to the Cronulla Sharks over the past week.
So see what they’re writing, see what they’re saying, in Sharks in the New for Friday, July 8.
Sharks v Eels
Arthur defends Semi – Sydney Morning Herald – AAP – CLICK HERE
Sharks overcome slow start – Daily Telegraph – James Phelps – CLICK HERE http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/nrl-2016-sharks-overcome-slow-start-to-beat-eels-and-record-12th-straight-win/news-story/d7bd5ae1e99cf4ca11ce120dc299e055
Who’s next? Sharks 12th win – Sydney Morning Herald – Andrew Parkinson – CLICK HERE http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-match-report/whos-next-cronulla-sharks-run-down-parramatta-eels-for-12th-straight-victory-20160702-gpx6c5.html
Sharks make club history – St George & Sutherland Shire Leader – Andrew Parkinson – CLICK HERE http://www.theleader.com.au/story/4005969/gallery-cronulla-sharks-make-history-with-win-over-parramatta-eels/
Sharks v Panthers
Barba to fill Sharks Origin void – Sydney Morning Herald – CLICK HERE http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/cronulla-sharks/ben-barba-to-fill-cronulla-sharks-state-of-origin-void-20160705-gpyv9s.html
What Brown needs to do on NRL return – Fox Sports – Ben Ikin – CLICK HERE https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/ben-ikin-what-cronulla-sharks-youngster-faamanu-brown-needs-to-do-on-nrl-return/news-story/c7b32713abd5b3deb8a0f128241952ab&ct=ga&cd=CAEYASoUMTMyNjM2MDM0MjM3MzQ4NDAwNzIyGmMzZDhhNWE5MTQ1ODIzOTE6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNF5JU8syX7GCjONhF_Hxm_g40A2kw
Brown and McIlwrick to debut – Stuff.co.nz – Robert Van Royen - CLICK HERE http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/81854544/faamanu-brown-and-matt-mcilwrick-to-make-first-nrl-appearances-of-season-against-panthers
Panthers bracing for a Shark Attack – NRL.com – Martin Gabor – CLICK HERE https://www.nrl.com/panthers-bracing-for-shark-attack/tabid/10874/newsid/98922/default.aspx
Round 18 previews – Fox Sports – Nathan Ryan – CLICK HERE
Panthers v Sharks: Schick preview – NRL.com - Jack Brady – CLICK HERE https://www.nrl.com/panthers-v-sharks-schick-preview/tabid/10874/newsid/98883/default.aspx
Sharks not the litmus test – Sydney Morning Herald – AAP – CLICK HERE http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/penrith-panthers/cronulla-sharks-not-nrl-litmus-test-for-penrith-panthers-20160706-gpzujj.html
State of Origin
Graham could be next NSW skipper – Triple M – AAP - CLICK HERE http://www.triplem.com.au/sydney/sport/nrl/news/2016/7/wade-graham-could-be-next-nsw-skipper-paul-gallen/
Gallen: It’s not all about me – Sydney Morning Herald – Andrew Webster – CLICK HERE http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/state-of-origin/state-of-origin-2016-nsw-blues-captain-paul-gallen-says-its-not-about-me-in-origin-iii--but-it-should-be-20160704-gpy9gh.html
State of Origin could end Sharks winning streak – SMH – Adam Pengilly – CLICK HERE http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/state-of-origin-could-end-cronulla-sharks-record-winning-streak--is-that-fair-20160703-gpxazf.html
Sharks Minor Premiership to lose – Fox Sports – Simon Brunsdon – CLICK HERE http://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/the-two-team-race-to-the-nrls-minor-premiership--stats-insider/news-story/a19f2d7bc34e3ed177685903ccbae118
Miracle tries – Daily Telegraph – James Phelps – CLICK HERE http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/teams/how-nrl-wingers-score-those-miracle-sideline-tries/news-story/5a7485f78997d0afa6f9d2d5d513a08f