The Cronulla Sharks have won three in a row to romp into the NRL top eight after a crushing 40-10 win over the Gold Coast Titans.
It was a tale of two halves with the Titans well in the match at the break but the Sharks blowing the Gold Coast off the park in the second half with 28-unanswered points.
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The win continues to turn around the Sharks’ season with just three weeks ago John Morris was under mounting pressure to come up with results in the Shire with the club’s CEO forced to come out and say Morris would be the coach in 2021.
Life is looking a lot more rosy after a string of wins over the Bulldogs, Sea Eagles and Titans, reaching 40 points in each of their last two games and winning three straight for the first time since the end of 2018.
The Sharks also had to do it without the injury prone Matt Moylan who suffered a suspected hamstring injury in the first half.
Morris feared it would be “a couple of weeks” for Moylan.
After Moylan left the field, Shaun Johnson continued to answer critics with another brilliant performance, showing the consistency that the Kiwi star has often been criticised for.
While a wayward pass led to a try for the Titans’ fullback Corey Thompson, Johnson set up two tries in the second half and brought up his league-leading 12th try assist of the season.
Shaun Johnson starred again for the Sharks.Source:AAP
“He’s just starting to get the balance right Shauny,” Morris said. “He’s worked so hard on his game and he had a really solid pre-season and I was really confident that he was going to have a good year.
“He gets marked pretty hard in the media, a lot of people expect the brilliant Shaun Johnson every time he touches the ball but we all know he needs to play his part in our team and manage the side and steer us around the park as well as bringing those offensive skills into the game.
“For me it’s about putting him in positions on the field to get the ball going at a retreating defensive line. He’s kicked really well, he is goal kicking is really good, he’s leading the try assists, he’s up there on the Dally M leaderboard, there’s no doubt he’s having a fantastic year for us.”
The future is looking brighter for the Titans despite another drubbing.Source:Getty Images
And while the Titans may be considered one of the NRL’s lesser teams, the commentators were still positive on the club, who made the Sharks work for it at 12-10 at the break.
“They’re definitely building for the future aren’t they the Titans,” Corey Parker said on Fox League.
“They’ve got a new coach, they’ve got some players leaving at the end of the year, they’ve recruited some players but the youth and the future is bright for the Titans. They’ll go on to lose this one but their attitude on most games, they turn up and they’re willing to have crack.”
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