A physical encounter in the Origin arena last night left the 34-players bruised and battered, some worse than others, with Queensland star Johnathan Thurston potentially looking at a long stint on the sidelines.
Thurston’s shoulder, a concussion to Will Chambers and a calf strain suffered by Blues skipper Boyd Cordner seemed to be the injuries of most concern, with the good news being the five Sharks appeared to come through the game unscathed.
Of the NSW four, only James Maloney played the full 80-minutes and other than his pride, which like his teammates took something of a hit in the losing effort, he looks likely to back up on Sunday when the Sharks take on Manly.
The other three representing the Blues played varying minutes and early indications are they will be right to play this weekend, pending checks with the Sharks medical staff tomorrow.
As for Valentine Holmes, the young Shark will be riding high following the Queensland win and is a certain starter at fullback for the Cronulla team in what shapes as a crucial game on Sunday.
In other Sharks injury news, James Segeyaro continues his rehabilitation and recovery and after taking on some contact work at training this week is edging closer to a return to the field.
Originally slated for a round 19 comeback, Segeyaro is doing everything possible to fast-track his return and is hoping to make himself available before the bye weekend when the Sharks play the Roosters in Gosford.
Tony Williams has undergone knee reconstructive surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2017 season.