Sharks hoping trip to Suncorp will revive season
SHARKS fullback Michael Gordon believes a trip to the intimidating Suncorp Stadium tomorrow night could revive his team's spluttering season.
The Sharks are officially in turmoil.
Their 26-0 humiliation against Manly last Saturday night gave them the dubious honour of becoming the first team in NRL history to post three consecutive losses without scoring a point.
And captain Paul Gallen added further speculation that things weren't quite right at the last-placed club by saying interim coach Peter Sharp was not 100% committed to his role.
But there could be some hope for suffering fans of the Shire club - the Sharks have won their past two games at Suncorp Stadium.
Admittedly both came during Origin periods when Brisbane traditionally struggles, but Gordon said any cause for optimism should be embraced.
"I think we just like playing in front of a great atmosphere. Even though we get booed there, we've enjoyed playing at Suncorp over the past couple of years," Gordon told APN.
The Blues representative added that all was not as bad as it seemed regarding Sharp, and his passion to coach the team in the absence of suspended mentor Shane Flanagan.
"I suppose we are missing Flanagan (suspended for this season after the ASADA peptides investigation). He kept us all in line," Gordon said.
"But I had a meeting with Sharpie this week, with the halves and Gal.
"And he just wants us to do well. We worked on some structures to hopefully improve our attack, and we want to make everyone more accountable. I didn't read too much into what Gal said."
Gordon said he believed Cronulla's biggest problem has been its failure to keep the same team on the paddock week in and week out.
"I've had to cover a few different positions this year, and it hasn't been often when I've played outside the same halves," he said.
"But Todd Carney is back now, and Robbo (Jeff Robson) is looking good to return this week.
"We can't change too much in our attack at this time of the year, but having Todd back certainly helps - you always expect something to happen when he has the ball."