Big end-of-season NRL games are traditionally won by big name players but skipper Paul Gallen believes Cronulla’s lack of a superstar will actually hold them in good stead.
Alongside Sydney Roosters, Cronulla have emerged as the competition’s form side a month out from the play-offs.
After a horror 0-4 start, the Sharks count two wins over the Roosters, two wins over North Queensland and one from one against South Sydney among their scalps for season 2015 so far.
As the Roosters look to bank on the likes of Blake Ferguson in September, the Cowboys of course have Johnathan Thurston in their ranks and Greg Inglis is capable of turning a match on its head for the Rabbitohs.
But Gallen says the Sharks will have to rely more on a total team effort.
“We don’t have a superstar to get us out of trouble like a Thurston or an Inglis,” Gallen said on Friday.
“We’ve got 17 guys that need to play to our potential every week and if we do that we’ll win.
“We’ve got belief, we’ve had belief all year because we’ve worked hard in the pre-season. Physically we’re good, mentally we’re in a good spot, we just know if we perform to our potential each week we’ll win probably all our games.
“The last thing we want is to let our mates down, no one here wants that.”
The reigning wooden spooners can cement a finals spot with a win over Melbourne at Remondis Stadium on Monday night.
A victory will put them in fifth, behind Souths on percentages, with three games to play in the regular season.
Hope is growing in the Shire that the Sharks could finally end their premiership drought but Gallen is keen to put a lid on any expectation.
“It’s good that people around here are excited but we have to tone it down,” Gallen said.
“When you look at the last couple of years, we made the semis two out of the last three years but everyone remembers last year was pretty ordinary.
“But we’ve done nothing yet, mate, if we were to lose every game from here on in we wouldn’t even make the semis so we’ve done nothing.”