A fresh calf injury has put Matt Moylan's season back another few weeks as coach John Morris comes to terms with a serious shortage of backs.
Moylan watched Cronulla's 28-16 win over Manly at Nestrata Jubilee Stadium in a polo. There were no signs of fellow injured stars Josh Dugan and Bronson Xerri.
Uncapped Sharks prop Toby Rudolf was the star of the show on Sunday.Credit:NRL Photos
On field, it was hard not to notice the impact of Cronulla rookie Toby Rudolf.
While big name props Andrew Fifita and Aaron Woods seemingly went through the motions in their stints on the field, Rudolf did anything but.
He had 11 runs for 89 metres and scored a well deserved try in the second half after running a cracking line off five-eighth Braydon Trindall.
Rudolf provided a desperately needed burst of energy for Cronulla, whose fans would have taken some solace from the win.
Rudolf was part of the Newtown Jets team which claimed the Canterbury Cup against Wentworthville last season and coach John Morris must hand him a round one debut.
"He's been one who has certainly put his hand up through preseason," Morris said of the uncapped prop.
"He showed a lot of promise at the back end of last year for Newtown. He came off an ACL injury – which is never easy – but he got back on the field and finished off a good year with Newtown by winning the state final and he's had a really good pre-season.
"The last step was to trial well and he shone for us up there in PNG last week and I thought he was really good today."
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