WE all know how this story ends.
But what we didn’t know is just how bad the training session was before Cronulla’s history-making grand final win in 2016.
The Sharks beat Melbourne 14-12 in a hard-fought victory which ended their 50-year premiership drought, but 24 hours before the game, the players were performing anything but title winners.
Veteran Luke Lewis, his teammates and the Sharks’ coaching staff couldn’t understand what was happening.
“Our grand final captain’s run was probably the worst captain’s run I’ve ever been involved in,” Lewis told NRL 360 on Tuesday.
“All the boys were looking at each other saying ‘what’s going on’.
“We thought we’d go back, do our kick off.
“(Assistant coach Steve Price) puts a kick down in the right corner because that’s where (the Storm) kick. The wind comes, we drop the ball.
“We do it again. We drop the ball.
“I was thinking, ‘what’s going on?’
“‘All right boys, listen, everything from here on in has got to be spot on. Let’s get it right. If we don’t get it right, we’re not going to play well tomorrow’.
“Anyway, he kicked it off, we drop the ball. He put some bombs up, (winger Sosaia) Feki was dropping a couple of balls.
“We said, let’s just can the captain’s run.
“We got the tennis racquets out, started catching some tennis balls. Went back and said ‘what the hell just happened?’
“We got on the bus, turned up on grand final day and made three errors and completed at our best all year.
“It scared us into playing well.”