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Cronulla Sharks

Cheat tag brought Bellamy and Flanagan closer

Grand final bound: Cronulla coach Coach Shane Flanagan.

Craig Bellamy knows the suffering that comes from being labelled a cheat. Which is why when Shane Flanagan went through a similar ordeal during the ASADA investigation, the Melbourne coach was in his corner offering advice and support on a regular basis.

Sharks plan Thurston-style plea on grand final stage

Platform: Sharks skipper Paul Gallen.

Johnathan Thurston used his acceptance speech moments after booting the Cowboys to a maiden title to make a controversial statement. And the Sharks could follow a similar route if they win their first premiership.

Holmes takes aim at Munster

Not happy Cam: Cronulla's Valentine Holmes.

Tension between Valentine Holmes and Cameron Munster has intensified after the Cronulla winger questioned why his counterpart reopened old wounds ahead of the biggest game of their young lives.

'I'll never forget': Sterling advice to Townsend

Sage advice: Chad Townsend.

What prompted Peter Sterling to dash from his commentary box vantage point and rush to speak to Cronulla's halfback, Chad Townsend would prefer to be kept private. But the Sharks' No.7 admits the words will be ringing in his ears come grand final day.

Sharks slap media ban on Fifita

 Andrew Fifita.

Cronulla have slapped a media ban on Andrew Fifita over fears the antics of the outspoken forward could overshadow the club's quest for a maiden NRL premiership.