Todd Carney is expected to return for the Sharks this weekend. Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
Sharks v Dragons
Saturday, March 22 – 18.05pm (AEST)
St George: WW
Things you need to know:
You probably thought this game would end up being last against first, but not exactly this way around. The Dragons are flying high after two straights wins while the wounded Sharks are without a victory in 2014. The home side gets Todd Carney back while hooker Isaac de Gois comes in for Michael Lichaa, who has clearly been punished for signing with the Dogs. Perhaps if Lichaa has been give air time before the season, he wouldn't be moving on. Tupou Sopoaga, Chris Heighington and Sam Tagataese have been promoted to the starting side, while Siosaia Vave returns via the bench after serving a one-game suspension. The Dragons are unchanged.
Reason to watch:
The Dragons have been playing a good style of footy, moving away from the predictable, dour and stodgy garbage they dished up for most of the two past seasons. More please Red V.
Reason to turn away:
Cronulla had plenty of personnel missing on Monday night but it was still an ordinary performance against the Dogs. The Sharks had nothing in attack and looked strangers in defence. A repeat here will have Cronulla fans headed to the King Wan early to stick chop sticks in their eyes – a far more palatable exercise.
"It's a professional sport and (it's) the local derby. We'll draw breath, treat our injuries and do our best. We'll be okay." – Cronulla coach Peter Sharp eyes the Dragons following loss to Canterbury.
We fear more pain for the Sharks. Todd Carney's return – and the fact it's a local derby – will lift the home side but they've still got too much talent on the sideline. Dragons by 8.
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