Hannay backs Sharks to bite back
Cronulla coach Josh Hannay says the Sharks still have time to turn their season around and bounce back from a poor start to the season.
The Sharks sit in 14th spot on the NRL ladder but Hannay remains upbeat and says there is plenty to play for.
Cronulla have had a tough time of it and have already parted company with coach John Morris with Hannay in charge for the rest of the season.
They have now lost six games on the bounce, including Saturday's 32-22 defeat against South Sydney, but are still within touching distance of the top eight.
They are four points or two wins away from the Titans in eighth and there is everything to play for.
"There are probably five or six teams in the comp at the moment that are off and running," Hannay said after the game.
"And the other 10 or 11 if you like, are really trying to scrap it out for that bottom part of the eight.
"With so much footy left in the year, I think every team in that bottom bracket will feel like if we can figure it out sooner than the rest, we can make a run at this.
"We showed that form in the second half, it gives us reason to probably believe and hope that we can make a surge."
Andrew Fifita impressed on his return to the side but suffered a suspected hamstring injury late in the game and the Sharks will be hoping it is nothing serious.
"I wasn't sure what we would get out of Andrew, he hasn't played a game for a month," Hannay added. "We were holding our breath a bit.
"I thought he made a real impact. At that time we were on top which I thought helped. "But I thought he showed some good signs out there."