The Sharks may have left it until the final moments to snatch victory from the Tigers, but a few of the boys really stood up when it counted. Let’s see who shone in this week’s CrownBet Stats That Mattered.
Playing in the centres in place of Jack Bird, ’Capes’ got the monkey off his back in the 19th minute of the match with his first ever try in the NRL. Not done yet, he followed it up with a second in the 62nd minute in a performance that could be chalked up as one of his best in the black, white and blue.
Solid in both attack and defence, it was a busy night for Kurt, and one that earned him a lot of praise from coach Shane Flanagan who said it “would be hard” to keep him out of the 17 going forward.
Primarily a backrower, Capes showed just how versatile he is on Saturday night, clocking over 250 metres, busting eight tackles and breaking the line four times for two tries and a try assist.
It was a big performance that will have Sharks fans cheering that Kurt has signed on to remain a Shark until at least the end of 2019.
Pouncing on a Daniel Mortimer grubber in the 78th minute, Jayson Bukuya managed to pull off a last-gasp play to seal the deal on a come from behind victory for the Sharks.
Usually coming in to the action off the bench, Boogs got the call up to the starting side and grabbed the opportunity with both hands. He provided a spark on the left edge, not only scoring the all important try at the death, but putting his hand up in both attack and defence for a full 80 minutes.
Bukuya notched up 173 metres with four busts and a line break in attack, and hit the Tigers attackers with 29 tackles as well.
Even though this was Boogs first full 80 this season, it’s easy to see why he is averaging over 106 metres and 27 tackles a game, a consistent performer the Sharks can always rely on to get the job done. Well played Boogs.
Guess who’s back? Yep, the skipper gets yet another run in the CrownBet Stats That Mattered this week, with a performance that can be put down to hard work and determination.
Never one to give up, Gal stepped up for the Sharks and led from the front with 198 metres and a team high 41 tackles. It may not have been his flashiest performance, but it was one the Sharks needed in a pack that was missing two of it’s Origin stars.
At 35 years of age, the Sharks warhorse is averaging 183 metres and 31 tackles so far in 2017, and is the current leader in both metres and runs made across the entire NRL competition.
With stats like this it’s no surprise that Gal’s retirement plans have been put on the shelf, with the Sharks looking to keep him on the paddock in 2018.
With Valentine Holmes earning his first taste of Origin, shifting Gerard Beale off the wing in to the Fullback role, big Edrick Lee was called upon to put in an 80 minute stint, and he delivered.
In only his fifth game for the Sharks, Lee clocked over 163 metres, running the ball back strongly to get the Sharks sets off on the right foot. Along with his metres, Lee proved a handful for the Tigers defenders, breaking the line twice, assisting two others through, and busting 3 tackles in the process.
Wrestling free of the would be tacklers, Eddy also popped the offload for Capes first ever NRL try, and finished off the Sharks back line move with a try that would give the defending premiers a shot at the death.
Lee has been performing well for the Newtown side, pulling off big plays in recent weeks to get the Jets home, and this week he put in a performance that helped the Sharks home. Well played Edrick.
Next up we face the Manly Sea Eagles at home on Sunday afternoon, who will be the ones to step up for the Sharks in Round 16? Stay tuned.