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It was ice cool from James Maloney, as he kicked the Sharks home in a thriller.

1. James Maloney once again delivers that Golden Boot

Everyone knew of James Maloney's quality with the boot and today was just another example of that. 

While it wasn't ideal that his side were in that situation in the first place, the class and ice cold calmness of Maloney came to the fore right when his side needed him. 

We saw some big plays from the Kangaroo international in 2016. Could this be one of the many in 2017?!

2. Premiers know need to improve

Saturday's win wasn't pretty. 

As coach Shane Flanagan said following the match, the Sharks played well in blocks however weren't able to take their game to the next level when they had the Knights on the ropes. 

Wade Graham also said post match that his side need to be better and he knows they can. 

This will no doubt be on the agenda this week on the training pitch. 

3. Heighno celebrates in style

300 games for Chris Heighington. What an achievement. 

To have many teammates, players past and present, family and friends all say what a great person he was on and off the field speaks volumes of Chris' personality. 

It may have been a nail-biter however what way to bring up 300 games. Two points with his family and friends.

4. Knights back on the ball

2016 wasn't the best year for the Novocastrians, breaking many records they'd rather forget. 

Shane Flanagan said that he knows they're in good hands with Nathan Brown and the Sharks gave them too much of a sniff on Saturday. 

The Knights will be sure to trouble a few teams in 2017 don't you worry.

5. Focus now to assignment Melbourne

Call it what you will. Round 6. A Grand Final reply. Simply Sunday afternoon footy at AAMI Park.

Next Sunday is set to be a cracker. Not only because it's two tough teams facing off for the first time since the 2016 Grand Final however because this is a great test for Shane Flanagan's men. 

Now 3 wins and 2 losses to start the 2017 season, the Sharks will get a fair indication of where they are really at this year when they take on a Craig Bellemy inspired Melbourne Storm side next weekend. 

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