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Flegg Grand Final Preview - Sharks v Panthers

Their first loss didn't come until the middle of June in a season that included 15 wins, just three losses and two draws, setting up an opportunity to finish an outstanding 2018 campaign with a Grand Final victory for the Jersey Flegg Sharks.

The Sharks face the Panthers in the Flegg decider at Leichhardt Oval later today after edging out the Bulldogs in the Preliminary Final, with skipper Teig Wilton excited about what the afternoon might bring.

"There's a good vibe, everyone is fit and healthy and its a good opportunity," Wilton said. "Its been a really good season, myself and the boys have worked hard all year and its a good reward this weekend.

"They've got a big forward pack, with a couple of strike players, but we've just got to stick to what we do best."

Wilton has led his team to this season defining game, with the Sharks success so far being their balance, coach Dave Howlett's side not depending on any one individual to get then home in the clutch moments.

However in saying that, both centres have enjoyed excellent seasons, 17-year-old young gun Bronson Xerri on the Sharks left is a strike weapon, while Jackson Ferris, the equal leading try scorer in the Flegg competition in 2018 with 15 four-pointers, has been a handful on the right.

Halfback Braydon Trindall, who has accumulated 184 points so far this year, has guided his team around the field intelligently, with South Coast product Jayden Millard the perfect foil at five-eighth.

Fullback Luke Polselli brings the energy, with the Cronulla side's hardworking pack of forwards needing to lay the platform for the backs to do their best work.

Josh Carr, who trained with the Sharks NRL squad during the pre-season, summed up the attitude of the team on the eve of the big game.

"I'm looking forward to playing and to ripping and tearing," Carr said when speaking to Sharks TV earlier in the week.

The two sides met once during the regular season, the Sharks coming out on top 25-24 in a game played at Henson Park, a last minute Trindall field goal the difference between the teams.

They again come together in the qualifying final, the Panthers emerging 18-10 victors on a day where the Sharks competed hard throughout, gave themselves a chance late in the game, but had made life difficult with poor ball control in the opening half of the game.

The Sharks v Panthers Under-20's Jersey Flegg Grand Final is scheduled for a 12.45pm kickoff at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday. The match will be live streamed through the NSWRL website and Facebook channels.

Following the Flegg Grand Final, the Newtown Jets, the Sharks partner club in the Intrust Super Premiership, take on the Bulldogs in their competition decider.

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