The Sharks have put themselves in pole position to claim back-to-back Jersey Flegg titles after finishing in first position and minor premiers at the conclusion of the home and away season.
The title holders from 2018, the Sharks built on an outstanding start to 2019, winning 11 of their first 12 matches, before stumbling somewhat mid-year, then finding their feet once again with three wins over fellow Flegg finalists in their last four games.
The Sharks head into the finals and a game with the Canberra Raiders on the back of a 12-0 victory over the Newcastle Knights in heavy conditions last Saturday.
The Sharks and Raiders, who finished the season in fourth place, have met once this year, with the young Cronulla side edging the Raiders 25-24 in a round 14 match played in Canberra.
The round one finals match, where the winner will earn a week’s rest while the loser is forced into a sudden-death game the following week, is scheduled for a 2.45pm kick-off at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday.
The Sharks v Raiders Jersey Flegg clash is scheduled for a 2.45pm kick-off, with the game before to feature the Newtown Jets, the Sharks partner club in the Canterbury Cup, playing Mounties in an elimination final.
See following the two team lists and the week one Jersey Flegg finals schedule.
JERSEY FLEGG TEAM LIST
1 Jonaiah Lualua
2 Jonah Ngaronoa
3 Jensen Taumoepeau
4 Vito Tevaga
5 Josh Delailoa
6 Kai Broadhurst
7 Angus Ernst
8 Thomas Hazelton
9 Lachlan Scarpelli
10 Monty Raper ©
11 Tom Caughlan
12 Jack Boyling
13 Fine Kula
14 Connor Luhan
15 Franklin Pele
16 Jackson Stewart
17 Isaac Longmuir
18 Cooper Bowen
19 Lorenzo Mulitalo
20 Zane Elsley
Fullback for Sharks is number 1 Jonaiah LualuaFullback for Raiders is number 1 Manase Kaho
Winger for Sharks is number 2 Jonah NgaronoaWinger for Raiders is number 2 Semi Valemei
Centre for Sharks is number 3 Jenson TaumoepeauCentre for Raiders is number 3 Gideon Afemui
Centre for Sharks is number 4 Vito TevagaCentre for Raiders is number 4 Jordan Martin
Winger for Sharks is number 5 Josh DelailoaWinger for Raiders is number 5 Jackson Stuart
Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 18 Cooper BowenFive-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Joe Roberts
Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Angus ErnstHalfback for Raiders is number 7 Tobias Westcott
Prop for Sharks is number 8 Thomas HazeltonProp for Raiders is number 8 Tyson Hodge
Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Lachlan ScarpelliHooker for Raiders is number 9 Kyle Paterson
Prop for Sharks is number 10 Monty RaperProp for Raiders is number 10 Silafano Titiuti
2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Tom Caughlan2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Darby Medlyn
2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Jack Boyling2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Kai O'Donnell
Lock for Sharks is number 13 Fine KulaLock for Raiders is number 13 Tom Robertson
Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Connor LuhanInterchange for Raiders is number 14 Ata Mariota
Interchange for Sharks is number 15 Franklin PeleInterchange for Raiders is number 15 Lazarus Vaalepu
Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Jackson StewartInterchange for Raiders is number 16 Duwanye Mariner
Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Isaac LongmuirInterchange for Raiders is number 17 Matthew Dragisic
Saturday 7 September
Jersey Flegg: 2:45pm - Cronulla Sharks (1st) v Canberra Raiders (4th)
Jersey Flegg: 4:30pm – Sydney Roosters (2nd) v Penrith Panthers (3rd)
Sunday 8 September
Jersey Flegg (elimination): 11:00am – South Sydney Rabbitohs (5th) v St George Illawarra Dragons (8th)
Jersey Flegg (elimination): 5:15pm - Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs (6th) v Newcastle Knights (7th)