Sharks look­ing good, Tupou ‘ itch­ing to go’

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

AS AN­THONY Tupou closes in on a gutsy re­turn from a shat­tered jaw, Cronulla coach Shane Flana­gan says they don’t fear any team in their run to the NRL fi­nals.

With vir­tu­ally no in­juries to topline play­ers and vet­eran back- rower Tupou a chance to re­turn to­mor­row against Can­ter­bury, the signs are good for the Sharks.

Flana­gan is toss­ing up whether to throw Tupou into the fray at Bel­more Sports Ground, 11 weeks af­ter his jaw was shat­tered by the knee of War­riors cen­tre Kon­rad Hur­rell. The ini­tial di­ag­no­sis was Tupou would miss the rest of the year.

“It was a nasty in­jury,” Flana­gan said yesterday. “He was laid up in hos­pi­tal with his jaw wired there for a cou­ple of weeks. He couldn’t eat.

“The way he’s come back, he’s prob­a­bly stronger and fit­ter than at the start of the year.

“From the spe­cial­ist’s re­port, the jaw has healed per­fectly so, he’s itch­ing and ready to go.”

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