Cronulla are expecting NSW Origin heroes Paul Gallen and Luke Lewis to back up for club duty against Manly on Saturday.
NSW captain Paul Gallen won’t be resting on his State of Origin triumph and is set to back up for Cronulla in their NRL clash against Manly on Saturday night.
Gallen nursed a worrying neck injury into Wednesday’s Origin clash, but has pulled up fine and trained with the Sharks on Friday despite his typically huge workrate against Queensland.
Blues teammate Luke Lewis is also likely to play, however he didn’t participate in the captain’s run and Sharks staff will monitor a niggling knee problem that tends to flare up after matches.
Gallen completed a light skills session before heading off for physio and massage treatment, but his bumps and bruises from Wednesday’s historic 6-4 win aren’t expected to keep him out of club duties.
The inclusion of the victorious Origin duo is sure to provide a major boost to the embattled Sharks who are languishing at the bottom of the table and have been nursing the biggest injury toll in the NRL.
Against St George Illawarra two weeks ago, the Sharks were missing 13 regular starters and their side better resembled a NSW Cup outfit.
But on Saturday at Remondis Stadium, coach Peter Sharp welcomes back star playmaker Todd Carney as well as halfback Jeff Robson and winger Sosaia Feki.
Meanwhile, young gun hooker Michael Lichaa gets his first start in the No.9 jersey in perhaps the sharpest Cronulla team of the season.
Injured prop Andrew Fifita hasn’t been named, however Manly coach Geoff Toovey says he wouldn’t be surprised if the Test star also takes the field.
Manly have been rocked by the four-week suspension to Origin back rower Anthony Watmough, but are expecting Queensland halfback Daly Cherry-Evans to back up against the Sharks despite a knee problem.