Nicho Hynes arrived at Cronulla this off-year with issue marks above whether he was the correct male to information Craig Fitzgibbon’s new-glance Sharks.
But 20 rounds into the period it is distinct any uncertainties above Hynes’ skill to come to be a prolonged-phrase No.7 at the Sharks have been misplaced.
The halfback kicked the successful area target in Saturday’s golden level extra-time 21-20 win in excess of South Sydney, and in undertaking so strengthened Cronulla’s grip on a leading-4 place.
Halfbacks earn the major bucks for a purpose and in his first 12 months as a starting off No.7 the former Melbourne Storm utility has now employed a discipline target to protected wins above Souths and the Gold Coast.
“I have arrive right here to try and earn those people significant games and those people times and I preserve performing tricky on it,” Hynes explained.
“In preceding many years I’ve experienced Cameron Munster, Jahrome Hughes and Cameron Smith there (to just take the shot).
“I’ve appear here to individual this workforce. They are my workforce and I am the halfback and I have got to possess all those times and I’m glad I did.”
Hynes’ clutch strike came just after halves associate Matt Moylan had blown two discipline-aim chances and was the consequence of performing with previous French rugby union intercontinental Frederic Michalak on his kicking procedure about the very last month.
The Sharks will believe that they can leapfrog North Queensland to protected second spot to lock up a residence ultimate.
Fitzgibbon’s facet arrive out of July with their heads held significant, a reduction to premiers Penrith the only blemish in a month when they have knocked off the Cowboys, Melbourne and Souths.
With online games towards St George Illawarra, Wests Tigers, Manly, Canterbury and Newcastle to end the season, they will hope their conclude to the time will be a small extra clear-cut.
“It really is been large,” Hynes stated of the Sharks’ past thirty day period. “The Storm and Cowboys experienced a few out but they nonetheless have units.
“Penrith was a huge sport and Souths are on the increase.
“We understood it was a massive thirty day period for us and to come out 3-1 and that will place some respect on our identify.
“We want to sit in that prime four and we will preserve looking for the major groups.”
The only downside for the Sharks was a suspected shoulder harm to prop Royce Hunt, who was spotted leaving the ground on Saturday night in a sling.