Five Key Points - Sharks v Tigers

Five Key Points - Sharks v Tigers

1 Game changers one from the skipper
In the space of five minutes the Sharks went from desperate to being in front and it came from a couple of big moments involving Paul Gallen.

Down 10-2 and struggling to breech the Tigers line, Gallen collected the ball one off the ruck, 10-metres out from the try line and the skipper put his head down and his 'you-know-what' up and charged forward.

Despite the attention of three Tigers, Gallen showed the determination that stands him apart in carrying the defenders across the line, before somehow planting the ball down for the Sharks first try of the afternoon.

With the Chad Townsend conversion it brought the Sharks within two point and put the spring back in their step following a first half littered with errors and missed opportunities.

It was the first of what would be two game changers from the captain.

2 Game changer two, with a little help from his friends
The great players turn up in places where they are sometimes least expected and for the Sharks inspirational leader, that was the case midway through the second half of the game against the Tigers.

Having brought the team back into the contest with an individual effort just a few minutes prior, Gallen was on the spot to catch a Luke Brooks chip kick that was heading into an otherwise unmanned area.

In the right place at the right time, Gallen caught the Brooks kick and while he would have been temped to put the head down and head up field, he looked over his shoulder, found a willing supporter and off-loaded the ball.

Fortuitously that player in support was Valentine Holmes, the Sharks speedster beat the first couple of chasers with speed and evasion, before finding some open space.

And the rest is history, not to mention also on the highlight reel, with Holmes outpacing the cover in running 85-metres to score under the posts, the try putting his team in front for the first time in the match.

It was game changer number two, instigated by Gallen, finished off brilliantly by Holmes.

3 Ramien seals the deal

'Five Key Points' has been reluctant to overly talk up Jesse Ramien in recent weeks, considering the Sharks only have him for the remainder of 2018 before he moves onto the Knights next year, but it has become impossible to ignore his talent and the impact he is having on a weekly basis.

With their noses just slightly in front deep into the second half, Ramien made one of his typically physical charges into the opposition defence, this time bursting through, as the young centre found some space and ran towards Tiger Tui Lolohea in the last line of defence.

Going from power to speed, Ramien ran around the fullback and set sail for the try line, touching down 10-metres to the left of the uprights to pretty much seal the deal for the Sharks.

It was an inspired effort and one that has characterised his performances for the Sharks so far this year.

No doubt he is going to be a good one and unfortunately when it comes to the modern game players move on for varying reasons, however the Sharks will looking to get the best out of Ramien for the rest of the 2018 season and the young centre seems intent on delivering.

4 Lewis cant take a trick

Between them, it has been an awful first 14 rounds of the 2018 season for Luke Lewis and Wade Graham, with the pair plagued by a frustrating run of injuries.

Leg problems ruled them out for extended periods a ew weeks ago, then last Friday night Graham only lasted 13 minutes before a head knock saw him ruled out for the remainder of the game against Souths.

This week, while Graham got through the 80-minutes, with his skills and toughness on show in what was a busy performance, unfortunately it was Lewis who was again struck down with some injury misfortune.

Defending close to the line, Lewis suffered a knock and lay prone on the ground.

While he eventually got to his feet, feeling a little fuzzy but not overly displaying symptoms of a concussion, Lewis was assisted from the field for a head injury assessment.

However with the vision of the incident showing Lewis may have been briefly knocked out, it was deemed to be in his best interests that he didn't take the HIA test as medical staff advised him to call it a day.

At the moment they can't take a trick, but it goes without saying that heir impact when on the field is immense. When Lewis and Graham get a little bit of luck with injury, the Sharks will no doubt be better for it.

5 This week's using hero

'Five Key Points' likes to bring attention to some of the players and the plays that often miss the game highlights but have a considerable impact on the performance of the side.

This week in looking for an unsung hero, it was hard to go past rookie back rower Jack Williams, the youngster who is growing in confidence and developing into an outstanding NRL player.

Williams made one error when he was unable to grasp a Paul Gallen off-load, but otherwise his performance was faultless, his carries strong and his defence bruising.

The former Canberra Raider was on early and stayed on the field for probably more minutes than he expected, due in part to the head knock suffered by Lewis, but equally as a result of his impact on the game.

Winning a place into the 17 and onto the Sharks bench in particular, is a highly competitive business, with quality players in Kurt Capewell, Ava Seumanufagai, Scott Sorensen and Kurt Dillon unable to force their way into the team this week, making the fact that coach Flanagan has faith in Williams to do a job, a victory in itself.

And Williams, the unsung hero from Sunday's game, will be getting plenty more game time if he plays with similar intent in the coming weeks.