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NRL: Talakai shines in Sharks win

Cronulla utility Siosifa Talakai was the star of the show as the Sharks continued their impressive start to the season with an 18-0 win over Newcastle on Friday night.

The Sharks are keen to make the top eight minimum and play finals and are looking good after winning their last three games on the bounce.

Talakai man-of-the-match

Talakai played the first three games of the season in the back-row but switched to left centre on Friday as Connor Tracey was ruled out with a groin injury.

But he did not disappoint and coach Craig Fitzgibbon was delighted with the way he played.

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"I thought it was crucial for him to hold up his position against Dane Gagai, who is a quality player," Fitzgibbon said after the win.

"Dane got him a couple of times, he got him back. They had a ding-dong for a while. But Sifa is no fuss, just goes about his work and he had a powerful performance. He'll keep working at his game and we'll see where he lands whether it's back row, centre or middle."

Great vibe

It has been a great start to the season for the Sharks who sit second on the NRL ladder and look set for a strong season.

"I don't think we've started like this in the three years I've been at the club," Talakai added. "It's a different feel, different vibe, and it's infectious. We're all feeding of each other and building off each other."

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