It was a gutsy effort from a Sharks side decimated by injury on Saturday night, the score hardly a reflection of the effort put in by the Sharks.
The side bravely battled away without a bench for nearly 45 minutes in the 28-4 loss to the Eels, with front-rowers defending as back-rowers, back-rowers defending as centres and nine players finishing the match in a different position to what they started.
The grit shown up front by Aaron Woods, Braden Hamlin-Uele and Toby Rudolf, who were forced to play the entire 80 minutes without a break, was second to none.
Woods notched up a team high 48 tackles, with 146 metres to his name. Rudolf ran for 141 metres, with 3 tackle breaks, an offload and 38 tackles. Hamlin-Uele made 31 tackles and ran for a tick over 100 metres with 2 tackle breaks.
The experience of older heads Josh Dugan, Matt Moylan and Chad Townsend shone through in directing the troops in unfamiliar positions, which was noted in the sheds after the game. Dugan in particular ran for over 100 metres, with 3 tackle breaks, no errors and no missed tackles.
Teig Wilton playing his first game of the year defended solidly and ran hard with the ball on his way to 114 metres. Connor Tracey who started the match at centre and ended it at fullback ran for 157 metres with his speed on show when he broke the Eels right edge defence.
We could sit here all day and point out the efforts, it almost seems unfair to single out a 'Man of the Match' with every player on the field playing their part in a gritty and brave display - but for the integrity of the award, the show must go on - so over to you Sharks fans!
Time for you to decide.