It was a physical start to the 2017 NRL season for the Sharks, however if looking for a positive to take from a disappointing loss to the Broncos, all players were cleared of any major injury concerns at the teams’ medical check-up and recovery session this morning.
While there were the predictable bumps and bruises, to both bodies and egos, all 17 who went around at Southern Cross Group Stadium last night will be available for selection for the Sharks ensuing match which is against the Canberra Raiders next Saturday night.
One player coach Shane Flanagan hopes to have back on board is Valentine Holmes, the dynamic youngster missing from the Sharks side last night due to a hamstring injury.
“Fingers crossed because we do need him,” Flanagan began “He brings the ball back really well, starts our sets and he’s a dangerous footy player.”
That being said, Flanagan understands Holmes’s importance to his team in 2017 and won’t be taking any risks on the star fullback.
“He’s a chance but he’s got to be 100 per cent fit. I don’t want to play him if he’s not because if he comes up with another hamstring injury he’s out for six weeks. If we need to give him one more week we will, but we should know more about that by Monday or Tuesday,” Flanagan said.
The Sharks were due to view some video of last night’s game today before resting up over the weekend. They will recommence training on Monday ahead of next Saturday night’s clash.