The NYC Sharks face two different challenges on Sunday when they host an in-from Manly Sea Eagles side at Southern Cross Group Stadium.

The first will be to get the better of a determined Manly outfit, one looking to consolidate their place inside the top eight, while the second and more significant test will be the mental challenge of trying to back up a record-breaking win from a week ago.

Before enjoying a week to rest up and recover Manly were showing definite signs of improvement, two wins coupled with two byes over the last four weeks leap-frogging them into sixth position on the Holden Cup ladder.

With a talented line-up, the young Sea Eagles would love to knock the high-flying Sharks off their perch on Sunday.

However following an incredible 15-try, 84 point performance last weekend in what was a thorough demolition of the Wests Tigers, the Sharks will head into the game confident, certainly not of a repeat of last week’s game, but of maintaining the rage and continuing their impressive winning run.

The NYC Sharks have now racked up seven wins in a row since a round seven draw with fellow front-runner the Penrith Panthers, with the Parramatta Eels the last team to lower Cronulla colours way back in round four.

With just one change, centre Bessie Aufaga-Toomaga is missing and likely to be pitched into the Newtown ISP team, the Sharks have the luxury of fielding a team similar to the one which produced the record-breaking effort last Saturday night.

Halves Kyle Flanagan and Jack Williams have been in excellent form for the Sharks, with the backs benefitting from their creativity and the forwards their organisational skills.

Flanagan at half back has been a point-scoring machine for the Sharks 20’s, with his 208 points total an incredible 80 clear of his nearest Holden Cup rival.

Winger Sione Katoa also leads the NYC try scoring list with 14 on the season.

Coach John Morris has trimmed his 23-man squad down to 20, also swapping centre Clayton Uia with Johnathan Tufuga who was originally named on the interchange bench. His 17-player team will be confirmed one hour before kick-off on Sunday.

The Sharks and Sea Eagles NYC clash kicks off at 1.15pm at Southern Cross Group Stadium. Gates open at 1.00pm.

NYC Team List – Round 16
Sharks v Sea Eagles
Sunday, June 25
Southern Cross Group Stadium
Kick-off – 1.15pm

1 William KENNEDY
2 Sione KATOA
3 Isaac LUMELUME
16 Johnathan TUFUGA
5 Joshua TUILAGI 
6 Jack WILLIAMS ©
7 Kyle FLANAGAN
8 Ryan KING
9 Blayke BRAILEY
10 Eddie FAALUA
11 Briton NIKORA
12 Tony MATAUTIA
13 Billy MAGOULIAS
Interchange
14 Zachary FAULKNER
15 Kalani PEWHAIRANGI-CHARLIE
4 Clayton UIA
17 Joshua CARR
18 Jackson FERRIS
19 Lane FERLING
20 James ROUMANOS