Sport Gallen backs Flanagan's post-match spray

14:10  12 september  2017
14:10  12 september  2017 Source:   Sporting News

Sharks warm up for finals with Knights win

  Sharks warm up for finals with Knights win Cronulla have prepared for next week's NRL finals with a hard-fought 26-18 win over wooden spooners Newcastle.Despite racing out to an 18-0 lead, the Sharks were pushed all the way on Sunday but eventually prevailed for a hard-fought second win in three weeks.

Paul Gallen hasn't shied away from comments made by his coach, Shane Flanagan , about the refereeing during the Sharks' finals loss to the Cowboys on the weekend.

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It seems as though it’s going to take more than a couple of days for the bitterness to be washed from the mouths of Cronulla players, if Paul Gallen’s latest public interview is anything to go by. 

The Sharks superstar has revealed that he and his teammates are still shattered after being bundled out of the finals by the North Queensland Cowboys in extra time over the weekend.

Many fans and pundits have laid the blame for the Sharks’ loss squarely on the shoulders of the referees after a number of controversial decisions by the whistle-blowers at crucial stages of Sunday’s showdown.

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Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan let fly at the officials in his post-match press conference, citing numerous examples of what he thought were poor decisions by the referees on the day.

And Gallen was not afraid to show his disappointment, saying his side displayed glimpses of their best throughout 2017 without setting the season on fire.

“Really upset to be honest, really shattered, it’s a really empty feeling this morning,” Gallen told Big Sports Breakfast on Tuesday.

“We probably never really got going as a team consistently throughout the year but I suppose it doesn’t change the hurt of what happened on the weekend.”

When asked what cost his side the game, Gallen did little to shy away from his coach’s post-match comments.

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  Shane Flanagan lets rip at referees after Sharks lose to Cowboys Didn't hold back.

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PAUL Gallen has confirmed Cronulla held a players-only honesty session to address their poor performance against the Raiders after an all-time Shane Flanagan spray . Ahead of his 300th milestone match , Gallen challenged his teammates to respond as they fight for an Jump back to top.

“I can’t say the referees can I?” Gallen said.

“A lot of what (Shane Flanagan) said in the press conference I agree with, there were a couple of things there.”

  Gallen backs Flanagan's post-match spray © Provided by Sportal com au Fans of the game have been crying out for an overhaul of the decision-making processes both on the ground and through the use of The Bunker in the wake of Sunday’s clash.

Yet Gallen wasn’t 100 per cent sure how to solve what many are calling a very obvious problem in the game - how to develop greater consistency in decision-making.

“I don’t know the exact answer to that one. We have this technology there and available to us,” Gallen said.

“If the referees are going to make errors like the players make errors, then just let them make errors and let the game flow, let it be.

“Let’s not have all this technology there at our feet and use it in some situations and not in others.”

Flanagan apologises for ref outburst .
The coach was fined for his verbal tirade on match officials.Flanagan was furious at the match officials for some calls that he believed they got wrong in the match.

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