Segeyaro survives the ‘cut’

In betting parlance, the odds of James Segeyaro making his debut for the Cronulla club in tomorrow’s game against the Eels have shortened considerably, with the hooker surviving the first ‘cut’ after being included in the Sharks 19-man squad.

Named in the squad of 21 on Tuesday, speculation has been rife since that time as to whether Segeyaro, a veteran of over 100 NRL games, would be rushed into the Sharks 17 for the game tomorrow night, with today’s team announcement only increasing that likelihood.  

When quizzed today at his weekly media call Sharks Coach Shane Flanagan was keeping his Segeyaro cards close to his chest.

“He’s been training on his own but he’s only trained with us twice, Wednesday and Captain’s run today. He’s definitely up to it but I’m not sure whether I’ll throw him in. I’ll be sleeping on it overnight, consult a few people but he’s done everything right this week,” Flanagan said.

Otherwise Flanagan has named the team which went down to the Dragons, with the only exception being the return of Sosaia Feki at the expense of Edrick Lee.

The bench remains the same, with Gerard Beale and Segeyaro the 18th and 19th men.

Flanagan has until an hour before kick-off tomorrow to finalise his squad.

Sharks 19-man squad

1-            Jack Bird

2-            Sosaia Feki

3-            Kurt Capwell

4-            Ricky Leutele

5-            Val Holmes

6-            James Maloney

7-            Chad Townsend

8-            Andrew Fifita

9-            Jayden Brailey

10-          Matt Prior

11-          Luke Lewis

12-          Wade Graham

13-          Paul Gallen

Interchange

14-          Jayson Bukuya

15-          Chris Heighington

16-          Jeremy Latimore

17-          Joseph Paulo

19-         Gerard Beale

20-         James Segeyaro