A Sharks team without a number of their high-profile stars, heads to Penrith on Friday night to tackle the ladder-leading Panthers in a round 9 match.
The Panthers remained undefeated for 2021 with a victory over Manly in Bathurst last weekend, while the Sharks lost to the Storm at their most recent appearance, Melbourne over-running the Cronulla side in a lop-sided second half.
In team news for the Sharks, Braden Hamlin-Uele has joined the lengthening list of players on the sideline, with the front rower suffering a syndesmosis ankle sprain, one that is likely to keep him off the field for a period of up to eight weeks.
The Sharks team as selected by coach Josh Hannay will include experienced campaigners Aaron Woods and Aiden Tolman in the front row, with Teig Wilton dropping back to fill an interchange role due to the return of centre Jesse Ramien.
In some positive news, Ramien has been named to take his place in the team after missing the Storm match with a glute strain, with Matt Moylan, out for the past two matches with a quad issue, chosen on an extended reserves list.
Will Chambers has been retained in the Cronulla team in the centres following his debut appearance for the club last weekend.
The Sharks and Panthers do battle at 6.00pm at BlueBet Stadium on Friday night.
See the two 21-man squads listed below.
Match: Panthers v Sharks
Round 9 -
Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan EdwardsFullback for Sharks is number 1 William Kennedy
Winger for Panthers is number 2 Charlie StainesWinger for Sharks is number 2 Mawene Hiroti
Centre for Panthers is number 3 Stephen CrichtonCentre for Sharks is number 3 Will Chambers
Centre for Panthers is number 4 Matt BurtonCentre for Sharks is number 4 Jesse Ramien
Winger for Panthers is number 5 Brian To'oWinger for Sharks is number 5 Connor Tracey
Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jarome LuaiFive-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Shaun Johnson
Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan ClearyHalfback for Sharks is number 7 Chad Townsend
Prop for Panthers is number 8 Moses LeotaProp for Sharks is number 8 Aiden Tolman
Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Apisai KoroisauHooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke Brailey
Prop for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-HarrisProp for Sharks is number 10 Aaron Woods
2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora
2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Kurt Capewell2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Wade Graham
Lock for Panthers is number 13 Isaah YeoLock for Sharks is number 13 Toby Rudolf
Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Tyrone MayInterchange for Sharks is number 15 Teig Wilton
Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Matthew EisenhuthInterchange for Sharks is number 16 Jack Williams
Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Liam MartinInterchange for Sharks is number 17 Billy Magoulias
Interchange for Panthers is number 18 Scott SorensenInterchange for Sharks is number 18 Matt Moylan
Reserve for Panthers is number 19 J'maine HopgoodReserve for Sharks is number 19 Josh Dugan
- Referee: Chris Butler
- Touch Judge: Jon Stone
- Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
- Senior Review Official: Matt Noyen