Andrew Fifita of the Sharks charges up the field.
Andrew Fifita of the Sharks charges up the field. DAVID ROWLAND

WATCH: Sharks' injury woes worsen in win over Warriors

CRONULLA coach Shane Flanagan could find himself with a selection headache for next week's clash against Canberra after his side's 26-12 win over the Warriors on Friday night.

The Sharks were already without star five-eighth James Maloney (hand) and young gun Jack Bird (sternum) for their game across the Tasman, and their halves stocks took another hit when stand-in Fa'amanu Brown was knocked out cold midway through the second half.

Brown was clocked in the side of the head by a Warriors prop Sam Lisone knee, who was put on report for the incident, despite it seeming like an unfortunate collision.

The Canterbury-bound Brown needed to be taken from the field on a medicab, and would appear to be at long odds for the Sharks' round 22 game against the Raiders.

Bird and utility Joseph Paulo loom as options to partner Chad Townsend should Brown not pass concussion tests.

As for the struggling Warriors, their season is all but done and their woes were compounded when off-contract backrower Bodene Thompson left the field two minutes before Brown after suffering an apparent pectoral injury.

The Auckland-based outfit were lucky to be trailing 12-6 at halftime despite a host of attacking blunders.

"Simon Mannering threw three passes to Mason Lino for three errors," Fox Sports NRL expert Braith Anasta told Friday Night Footy on Fox League after the first half.

 

Jayson Bukuya of the Sharks tackles Roger Tuivasa-Sheck of the Warriors.
Jayson Bukuya of the Sharks tackles Roger Tuivasa-Sheck of the Warriors. DAVID ROWLAND

"At the end of the first half, the Bodene Thompson linebreak was the only time they got it right.

"Their execution, their cohesion in attack especially in good field position has been horrible.

Co-host Michael Ennis added: "(Lino's kick before halftime) was a really poor option on the third tackle."

Back to back penalties for dangerous tackles gave the Sharks some valuable field position early on and they make the most of it with Kurt Capewell diving on a Townsend grubber in the fourth minute.

The Warriors had a great chance to hit right back when Sosaia Feki came up with an error, but a right side play ended following a Mason Lino knock-on.

 

Fa'amanu Brown of the Sharks leaves the field injured.
Fa'amanu Brown of the Sharks leaves the field injured. DAVID ROWLAND

The Sharks nearly extended their lead in the 15th minute but Andrew Fifita had the ball stripped under the posts.

The Warriors had another shot to level the score midway through the half, but a stunning trysaver from Luke Lewis denied an Issac Luke barge over effort.

The home side finally got on the scoreboard in the 29th minute thanks to a Solomone Kata intercept, but they shot themselves in the foot the very next set when a Lino error led to a Brown try.

The Sharks extended lead in 44th minute by way of a penalty goal to make the score 14-6, before the Warriors narrowed the gap to just two points when Lino put Thompson through a hole.

The injuries to Thompson and Brown put a halt to the game midway through the second half, before Sharks tries to Feki and Jayson Bukuya saw the black, white and blue kick away and momentarily jump to second on the NRL ladder.

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