Matt Prior put in arguably his best performance in Sharks colours in Saturday’s Qualifying Final against the Raiders.
However, this came as little surprise to many people at the Cronulla Sharks
When questioned about the front rowers match at GIO Stadium, Michael Ennis was straight up in his appraisal.
“Honestly, unbelievable,” said Ennis.
“His form all through the year has been exceptional.”
With a forward pack already possessing the likes of Gallen, Fifita, Graham and Lewis to name a few, Prior has been one of the Sharks most consistent forwards in 2016.
Prior, who has averaged 44 minutes a game this season, put in a stellar effort on Saturday night amassing a mammoth 73 minutes on the field, playing as a prop forward.
The minutes Prior put in certainly translated to the stats sheet, running for the most metres on ground with 233m, and making a total of 36 tackles, all in the middle of the field.
To top it all off, Prior also scored a decisive try in the context of the match, breaking the line and pushing over fullback Jack Wighton to get the Sharks back into the game on the halftime bell.
Despite not being the most heralded Sharks player each week, Prior’s efforts have not gone unnoticed with coaching staff and players stating post-match that “this is the ‘Priza’ we all know,”.
Michael Ennis summed Prior’s efforts up perfectly though.
“For a front rower to be able to change the momentum at 38 minutes after playing 38 (minutes) straight… It’s the best as I’ve seen from a front rower.”
A great effort from a great team player.
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