Newcastle Knights VS Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks: 6 Things We Learned

A Paul Gallen inspired Sharks side earned a tough 26-18 win over a valiant Knights outfit. What did we learn along the way?

It looked like the Sharks might earn the win with a one-sided score line after leading 18-0 but the Knights made them fight hard for the points.

While not at their best, Cronulla showed some good form and discipline to give their fans some hope of giving the finals series a real good shake again in 2017.

  1. 1 Paul Gallen leads by example

    Love him or hate him, Paul Gallen has shown why he is one of the elite big men in the game. He was tremendous for the Premiers from the outset and led by example once again.

    He racked up 25 tackles, 25 hit ups, 303 run metres and seven offloads, including in the lead up for Jesse Ramien's debut try.

  2. 2 Knights show fight

    Newcastle knew they would finish the season with a third consecutive wooden spoon but that didn't discourage them from putting up a fight against the defending Premiers. 

    The Knights looked on the ropes on a couple of occasions but showed some real heart and pride in the jersey to rally and get themselves back into the match.

  3. 3 Andrew Fifita finds some form

    Since his magical performance in game one of State of Origin, Andrew Fifita has been worryingly quiet for the Sharks. He still ends each game with impressive stats but his impact has been limited by opposition defences. 

    Fifita looks to have recaptured some of the early season form against Newcastle. His hard running was causing the Knights all sorts of problems while he also picked up a try assist.

  4. 4 Lachlan Fitzgibbon shows quality

    Lachlan Fitzgibbon scored two tries and battled hard all game in a beaten side. His willingness to get involved and put in the hard yards provided the Knights with the spark when they needed it.

    He helped give the visitors a scare just before half time and managed to finish the game despite originally going off the field injured.

  5. 5 Well done Knights fans

    It was the final game of the year where their side had ended up with another wooden spoon so Newcastle fans could have been forgiven for giving this game a miss. But not only did they turn up, they were in fine voice and gave their side a reception worthy of a finals bound team.

    Knights fans have reason to be hopeful for 2018 with plenty of recruits joining the young heads that showed plenty of fight and will in 2017.

  6. 6 Sharks can give finals a shake

    Despite not being at their best again, Cronulla came away with the win. With improvements to their completion rate and penalty counts, the Sharks are primed for the finals.

    Big performances from star players heading into finals will have Sharks fans dreaming of another magical run deep into the finals series. Cronulla finished outside of the top four but they will still be a threat.

    What were your highlights from the Sharks' win over the Knights? Let us know in the comments below.

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Tom Stratton

I'm a Tennis coach and a full on Cronulla Sharks fan. I love football and support Juventus aswell as playing on weekends. I'm crazy about sport and never shy about sharing my opinions about it.