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Monday, 17 September 2018

'They don't like seeing their leaders attacked'


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Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen has attributed his side's physical nature as the secret to their recent success against reigning NRL champions Melbourne Storm.

Speaking on 100% Footy ahead of a mouthwatering preliminary final clash, Gallen admitted that the Sharks aim to attack the Storm's star players.

"They don’t like seeing their leaders attacked," Gallen said.

"When we get stuck into their big players, the Cameron Smiths, the Billy Slaters, they don’t like it. 

 Gallen admitted that the Cronulla Sharks aim to attack Melbourne's gun players and leaders

"That’s something we try to do and I know they try to do back to us, but we’ve been able to withstand it for a while now."

Gallen also stated that the Storm don't enjoy being unable to intimidate a veteran Sharks squad. 

"They are I suppose the big dogs of the league," Gallen said.

"They put it on a lot of teams and we’re a team that obviously doesn’t back down and they don’t like it all the time.

 Gallen is facing a race against time to be fit for Friday's preliminary final clash

"We do feel they get frustrated when we play them and a lot of it is through the middle."

The 37-year-old veteran is facing a race against time to be fit for the clash, following a shoulder injury in the semi-final win against Penrith, but is likely to be given until the 11th hour to prove his fitness.

Since defeating the Storm in the 2016 decider, Cronulla has enjoyed tremendous success against the reigning champions, winning four out of the last five contests, but Gallen admitted that the Sharks need all guns firing this weekend.

"I feel we’re a whole team," he said.

 The 37-year-old Sharks skipper admitted that the Sharks will need all hands on deck to defeat the Storm

"We need all 17 players playing well to win, particularly against Melbourne.

"Melbourne have a few big guns in their side that can pull themselves out of trouble."

The Sharks and the Storm have enjoyed several feisty matchups in recent years, but NRL legend Phil Gould suggested that the animosity between the two sides was due to an underlying respect.

"I think it’s genuine respect," Gould said.

"I think they love playing against each other, that’s what it is. I always found over the years that when you play a club in a grand final, that rivalry lasts for a long time."

 Since defeating the Storm in the 2016 Grand Final, the Sharks have become a bogey side for the Storm

Gould attributed the Sharks' ability to break up the set plays of the Storm as the main reason for their recent success.

"I think the Melbourne Storm are a big play team," he said.

"They like to get in position and run their big plays, and the Sharks are just all over them.

"They don’t let them get in position too easily. They slow them down at a time where they want to get their big plays.

"They’re there before the big play is on."

Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen has attributed his side's physical nature as the secret to their recent success against reigning NRL champions Melbourne Storm.

Speaking on 100% Footy ahead of a mouthwatering preliminary final clash, Gallen admitted that the Sharks aim to attack the Storm's star players.

"They don’t like seeing their leaders attacked," Gallen said.

"When we get stuck into their big players, the Cameron Smiths, the Billy Slaters, they don’t like it. 

 Gallen admitted that the Cronulla Sharks aim to attack Melbourne's gun players and leaders

"That’s something we try to do and I know they try to do back to us, but we’ve been able to withstand it for a while now."

Gallen also stated that the Storm don't enjoy being unable to intimidate a veteran Sharks squad. 

"They are I suppose the big dogs of the league," Gallen said.

"They put it on a lot of teams and we’re a team that obviously doesn’t back down and they don’t like it all the time.

 Gallen is facing a race against time to be fit for Friday's preliminary final clash

"We do feel they get frustrated when we play them and a lot of it is through the middle."

The 37-year-old veteran is facing a race against time to be fit for the clash, following a shoulder injury in the semi-final win against Penrith, but is likely to be given until the 11th hour to prove his fitness.

Since defeating the Storm in the 2016 decider, Cronulla has enjoyed tremendous success against the reigning champions, winning four out of the last five contests, but Gallen admitted that the Sharks need all guns firing this weekend.

"I feel we’re a whole team," he said.

 The 37-year-old Sharks skipper admitted that the Sharks will need all hands on deck to defeat the Storm

"We need all 17 players playing well to win, particularly against Melbourne.

"Melbourne have a few big guns in their side that can pull themselves out of trouble."

The Sharks and the Storm have enjoyed several feisty matchups in recent years, but NRL legend Phil Gould suggested that the animosity between the two sides was due to an underlying respect.

"I think it’s genuine respect," Gould said.

"I think they love playing against each other, that’s what it is. I always found over the years that when you play a club in a grand final, that rivalry lasts for a long time."

 Since defeating the Storm in the 2016 Grand Final, the Sharks have become a bogey side for the Storm

Gould attributed the Sharks' ability to break up the set plays of the Storm as the main reason for their recent success.

"I think the Melbourne Storm are a big play team," he said.

"They like to get in position and run their big plays, and the Sharks are just all over them.

"They don’t let them get in position too easily. They slow them down at a time where they want to get their big plays.

"They’re there before the big play is on."

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