News | Rugby League
19 Aug 2017 0:46
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Olympic Games
  • Ski Report
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Sports > Rugby League

    Sharks-Raiders NRL bad blood lingers

    Cronulla have admitted there is still ill feeling between them and Canberra ahead of their NRL clash at Southern Cross Group Stadium.

    - article from www.rugbyleague.co.nz

    Cronulla admit the hate is real as they get set for another fiery NRL showdown with Canberra on Saturday night at Southern Cross Group Stadium.

    There has been bad blood between the two sides since Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen accused Raiders enforcer Josh Papalii of a "dog shot" during the first week of the 2012 finals.

    It spilled over again last year when a depleted Sharks side went down to Canberra and upset Ricky Stuart's side on their march to a maiden premiership.

    Now retired hooker Michael Ennis rubbed salt into the wounds of the Canberra fans by mocking the "Viking clap" as he celebrated on the sidelines post-game.

    "We went down there, played our best game - they were thinking of a win," fullback Valentine Holmes said.

    "That's usually how it is. It's why we've got a beef with Melbourne - we've taken something that they've wanted.

    "They've played pretty well here as well."

    Sharks coach Shane Flanagan also admitted there was lingering hostility among his players.

    He singled out right-side outside backs Jordan Rapana and Joey Leilua as getting under the skin of his charges in the past and cautioned against letting it get the best of them.

    Sharks five-eighth Fa'amanu Brown will run out against the Raiders despite suffering a heavy concussion just eight days earlier.

    Brown is filling in for injured NSW representative James Maloney, who Flanagan says is a week off returning.

    The Raiders have been boosted with Rapana and Papalii to return from suspension and will be out to create headaches for the finals-bound Sharks.

    Canberra are out of the running for the top eight and will revel in the thought of throwing the third-placed Sharks off course so close to the playoffs.

    "Good luck to them if that's what they want," Flanagan said.

    "Every team, wherever they are, they're going to come out and try and put a stumbling block in front of some of those semi-final teams."

    STATS THAT MATTER:

    * With 13 victories this season, the Sharks could equal their most in a regular season (18 in 1999), if they win their remaining five matches

    * The Raiders are making 31.8 tackles per game inside their own 20-metre zone, the most of any team

    Source: Fox Sports Stats


    NZN




    © 2017 NZN, NZCity


     Other Rugby League News
     18 Aug: Cowboys trio poised to face Sharks in NRL
     18 Aug: Blair no certainty to stay at Broncos
     18 Aug: I encouraged Benji to head home: Bennett
     18 Aug: Parramatta Eels v Gold Coast Titans: NRL round 24 scores and stats and commentary
     17 Aug: Rona ready for bombs away from All Blacks
     17 Aug: Titans NRL board must hold firm: Bennett
     17 Aug: Kearney right to question effort: Johnson
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    All Blacks 'bug' guard not guilty More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Yemen: UN calls for Saudi-led coalition to ease blockade of main airport to allow aid in More...



     Today's News

    Motoring:
    McLaughlin, Fords top Supercars practice 21:57

    Business:
    Yemen: UN calls for Saudi-led coalition to ease blockade of main airport to allow aid in 21:37

    Entertainment:
    Kim Kardashian West and her husband Kanye West are trying for a third baby 21:32

    Law and Order:
    All Blacks 'bug' guard not guilty 21:17

    Christchurch:
    No charges in Akaroa tourist bus crash 21:17

    Health & Safety:
    Yemen war: Human rights groups urge UN to put Saudi Arabia on blacklist of shame over child deaths 21:07

    Entertainment:
    Khloe Kardashian says she never wanted to take part in 'Khloe & Lamar' 21:02

    Entertainment:
    Anna Faris has implied her estranged husband Chris Pratt didn't have her back 20:32

    Law and Order:
    Barcelona 'terrorist attack': What we know 20:27

    Entertainment:
    Mel B's children are "doing amazing" following her bitter split from Stephen Belafonte 20:02


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2017 New Zealand City Ltd