It wasn’t pretty, Sharks coach John Morris admitted as much, but it was a win for the Sharks on Sunday and a crucial one at that, a victory which pushed the Cronulla side back up into the top eight and kept them well and truly in the running for a finals berth.
Both teams committed far too many errors, but at the fulltime siren it was the Sharks on top, a late Bronson Xerri try eventually sealing the result.
This weekend the Sharks are again on home soil, hosting a Warriors outfit who were well beaten by the Roosters last weekend in a loss which all-but extinguished their finals ambitions.
Despite the negative result the Warriors will still present a formidable challenge for the Sharks, with the New Zealand side coming out on top in Wellington just five weeks ago, a late Blake Green field goal the difference, when the two teams last met.
In team news for the Sharks Matt Moylan has been ruled out with what has become a persistent and frustrating hamstring issue, with his place at fullback taken by Josh Dugan.
Josh Morris moves into Dugan’s centre position, with youngster Ronaldo Mulitalo coming into the team on the wing.
Andrew Fifita has been named on the interchange bench, pushing Billy Magoulias out of the selected 17-man squad. Magoulias is a part of the extended reserves list.
The teams for the game which kicks off at PointsBet Stadium at 3.00pm on Saturday afternoon, are listed below.
Fullback for Sharks is number 1 Josh DuganFullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sosaia FekiWinger for Warriors is number 2 David Fusitu'a
Centre for Sharks is number 3 Bronson XerriCentre for Warriors is number 3 Peta Hiku
Centre for Sharks is number 4 Josh MorrisCentre for Warriors is number 4 Patrick Herbert
Winger for Sharks is number 5 Ronaldo MulitaloWinger for Warriors is number 5 Ken Maumalo
Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Shaun JohnsonFive-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita
Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Chad TownsendHalfback for Warriors is number 7 Blake Green
Prop for Sharks is number 8 Aaron WoodsProp for Warriors is number 10 Leeson Ah Mau
Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Jayden BraileyHooker for Warriors is number 9 Issac Luke
Prop for Sharks is number 10 Matt PriorProp for Warriors is number 14 Lachlan Burr
2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Adam Blair
2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Wade Graham2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Isaiah Papali'i
Lock for Sharks is number 13 Paul GallenLock for Warriors is number 13 Jazz Tevaga
Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Kurt CapewellInterchange for Warriors is number 8 Agnatius Paasi
Interchange for Sharks is number 15 Jack WilliamsInterchange for Warriors is number 15 Sam Lisone
Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Andrew FifitaInterchange for Warriors is number 17 Kodi Nikorima
Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Braden Hamlin-UeleInterchange for Warriors is number 22 Blake Ayshford
- Referee: Gerard Sutton
- Referee: Gavin Badger
- Touch Judge: Jeff Younis
- Touch Judge: Jarrod Cole
- Video Referee: Ben Galea
- Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy