A close friend of the late Johnny Mannah and his family, tonight's match takes on some extra significance for Sharks backrower Joseph Paulo. 

With the two teams competing for the Johnny Mannah Cup, Paulo would love nothing more than to honour his friend's memory by playing a role in keeping the trophy at the Sharks for another season. 

Winners the last three times the teams have contested it, the Johnny Mannah Cup is a trophy named after the former Sharks and Eels front rower who tragically lost a battle with cancer back in January of 2013.

Paulo has played for the Eels in this match, alongside John's brother Tim, and now in his third season at the Cronulla club, has the chance to help the Sharks claim the two competition points, with the added bonus of the Mannah Cup to go with it. 

Following yesterday's Captain's Run and just a day out from the Sharks v Eels clash Paulo spoke to Sharks TV about his friendship with the Mannah family and the big game at ANZ Stadium tonight. 

See what he had to say, now playing on Sharks TV.