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Andrew Fifita out for season after breaking arm in Cronulla Sharks' loss to New Zealand Warriors

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James MacSmith

Down he goes: Sharks prop Andrew Fifita is tackled by the Warriors.

Down he goes: Sharks prop Andrew Fifita is tackled by the Warriors. Photo: Getty Images

Andrew Fifita's forgettable 2014 season is over, after the Cronulla prop broke both bones in his left arm in the Sharks' gutsy 16-12 loss to the Warriors in Auckland on Sunday.

After his breakout year of 2013 resulted in selection for NSW and Australia, Fifita's wretched season started slowly when he was sidelined for the opening rounds of the NRL premiership with an ankle injury.

Then came the spectacular collapse of his multi-million dollar deal with Canterbury before he re-signed with the Sharks for the next four seasons.

Fifita's form and injuries saw him overlooked for State of Origin selection for the Blues and a mid-season wrist injury further hampered his attempts to recapture his game-breaking efforts of last season.

Fifita admitted his contract dramas had affected his form but over the last month he had returned to his barnstorming best in a bid to help the Sharks avoid the dreaded wooden spoon.

But any chance the 25-year-old had of a recall to the Australian side for the end of season Four Nations tournament has likely been snuffed out by the arm injury.

"Devastated I snapped both bones in my arm. Can't wait till 2015. But still the boys have a job to do first." Fifita tweeted on Sunday after the Sharks round 22 defeat.

The injury continues a cursed run for the last-placed Sharks who had 10 seniors players sidelined with injury for the trip to Mount Smart Stadium, not including skipper Paul Gallen who failed in his bid to overcome a biceps injury.

Cronulla travel to meet Melbourne on Saturday.

AAP

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  • As you say Fifita has had a forgettable season but his game against Warriors was anything but forgettable.He was absolutely outstanding showing leadership,talent aplenty,huge courage,massive work rate and most importantly the fighting spirit many may posses but few show.Suffice to say if he hadn't been playing with a broken arm for the second half we would likely have lost that game.
    Good wake up call for Warriors tho.Nothing like a bit of a kick in arse to clear the mind.

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    August 11, 2014, 6:38AM

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