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Sharks still cursed - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Sat, 27 Sep 2008 01:34:00 GMT
Cronulla’s premiership hopes remain stuck in fantasy land after being eliminated 28-0 by an impressive Melbourne outfit at the SFS on Friday.
The defending premiers now advance to their third consecutive Grand Final where they will meet the winner of Saturday’s clash between Manly and New Zealand.
Coach Ricky Stuart conceded his outfit was simply outclassed and went into anxiety overdrive after the Sharks conceded their second try, eventually falling behind 16-nil at the break.
“We were never in the hunt," said Stuart.

"We started off really well and after they scored that second try I felt us all of a sudden panic and tried to score of every set of six. “
"That's not our game plan, we have to be patient.”
Victorious Storm coach Craig Bellamy was still pretty cheesed off about the suspension of hooker Cameron Smith.
“"I don't think Cameron Smith got a fair go," Bellamy told a packed media press conference.

"Cameron Smith, 10 minutes after the game last week, was hung out to dry.“
"The press conference ... got hijacked by some of you guys in the media that had him hung out to dry straight away and then it continued for four or five days."
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The Storm could however be in for another week of drama off the field after halfback Cooper Cronk was penalized for a lifting tackle on Brett Kimmorley while Brett White was placed on report for use of an elbow on Ben Ross.
Former Balmain great Benny Elias declared before the game that Melbourne did not have a player in their roster that Coach Craig Bellamy could put in at hooker to replace Smith and put in a good enough job.
Elias was wrong as were many others who wrote off the mighty Victorians.

It was far from a perfect farewell for Sharks halfback Brett Kimmorley who moves to the Bulldogs next season while Danny Nutley heads into the wonderful world of retirement.
Sydney is on the verge of hosting the very first interstate-international Grand Final should the Warriors eliminate Manly.
Melbourne Storm 28 (Steve Turner (2), Israel Folau, Adam Blair, Matt Geyer tries; Steve Turner (4/5) goals) d Cronulla Sutherland 0 at Sydney Football Stadium. Referee: Steve Clark Half-time: Storm 16-0. - Read More, Here