Circumstances surrounding the fitness of key players has limited the ability of Sharks coach John Morris to make significant changes to his team to tackle the Bulldogs in a round six clash at Bankwest Stadium.
Despite calls in some quarters for a revamped Sharks line-up on the back of a defeat in the local derby on Sunday, the uncertainty as to the fitness of fullback Matt Moylan has reduced the options in relation to a rejig of the spine, with Morris retaining his starting 13 for the game this weekend.
A late withdrawal from the team that took on Dragons, Moylan has been chosen in jersey 21 with his progress to be monitored throughout the training week.
Ronaldo Mulitalo, impressive through the opening four rounds of the competition, also remains unavailable, his place this week again taken by Mawene Hiroti, however new recruit Bryson Goodwin has been named on the reserves list and comes into contention for an immediate call up into the Sharks side.
In the forwards Andrew Fifita will suit up for his second game of the year and should be better for last week’s run, while Siosifa Talakai and Royce Hunt have been elevated from the reserves list onto the Sharks interchange bench in jerseys 16 and 17.
The final make-up of the Sharks bench and 17-man squad is unlikely to be determined until following Saturday’s final session as Morris assesses the fitness and form of his squad, with the coach expressing that all 21 players named were in line to take the field on Sunday.
The Sharks squad for the game which kicks off at 6.30pm at Bankwest Stadium on Sunday, is listed below.
Match: Sharks v Bulldogs
Round 6 -
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
|PLAYER||PROUDLY SPONSORED BY|
|1. WILL KENNEDY||Sarraf Strata|
|2. SIONE KATOA||WED Group|
|3. JOSH DUGAN||Waterwize Services|
|4. JESSE RAMIEN||Vinyl Room Gymea|
|5. MAWENE HIROTI||Australian Hammer Supplies|
|6. SHAUN JOHNSON||Vox Law|
|7. CHAD TOWNSEND||Shire Steel & Fabrications|
|8. ANDREW FIFITA||Stewart Toyota|
|9. BLAYKE BRAILEY||Shore Hire|
|10. AARON WOODS||Sydney Mutual Bank|
|11. BRITON NIKORA||John Ryan Freight Management|
|12. WADE GRAHAM||White Wolf Constructions|
|13. JACK WILLIAMS||SHARP|
|14. TOBY RUDOLF||Gecko Projects|
|15. BRADEN HAMLIN-UELE||Dacca Group|
|16. SIOSIFA TALAKAI||Triple H|
|17. ROYCE HUNT||Green Options|
|18. SCOTT SORENSEN||Ace Gutters|
|19. CONNOR TRACEY||TFH|
|20. BRYSON GOODWIN||Minespec Parts|
|21. MATT MOYLAN||Infrastructure Nation|
Fullback for Sharks is number 21 Matt MoylanFullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Will Hopoate
Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sione KatoaWinger for Bulldogs is number 2 Christian Crichton
Centre for Sharks is number 3 Josh DuganCentre for Bulldogs is number 3 Reimis Smith
Centre for Sharks is number 4 Jesse RamienCentre for Bulldogs is number 4 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
Winger for Sharks is number 20 Bryson GoodwinWinger for Bulldogs is number 5 Jake Averillo
Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Shaun JohnsonFive-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Kieran Foran
Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Chad TownsendHalfback for Bulldogs is number 20 Brandon Wakeham
Prop for Sharks is number 10 Aaron WoodsProp for Bulldogs is number 8 Renouf To'omaga
Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke BraileyHooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
Prop for Sharks is number 15 Braden Hamlin-UeleProp for Bulldogs is number 10 Dylan Napa
2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Josh Jackson
2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Wade Graham2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner
Lock for Sharks is number 13 Jack WilliamsLock for Bulldogs is number 13 Adam Elliott
Interchange for Sharks is number 8 Andrew FifitaInterchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Kerrod Holland
Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Toby RudolfInterchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Dean Britt
Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Siosifa TalakaiInterchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Sauaso Sue
Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Royce HuntInterchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Ofahiki Ogden