Sharks halves James Maloney and Chad Townsend have backed under-siege prop Andrew Fifita ahead of the Sharks' opening finals clash against the Raiders.
It should come as no surprise that five Raiders, three Storm and two Cowboys headline NRL.com's Team of the Year for season 2016.
Tipped by many to be 'also rans' in 2016, the Canberra Raiders proved most people wrong to finish the Telstra Premiership in second spot.
Faced with prospect of marking up against the red-hot Canberra backline, Cronulla's own outside backs need to recapture the form they showed earlier in year.
Cronulla Sharks hooker Michael Ennis has escaped any sanction for a suspect hit on Melbourne five-eighth Blake Green.
Despite a heavy loss to the Storm and letting the Minor Premiership slip, the Sharks are upbeat heading into their semi-final against Canberra.
Melbourne prevailed in the battle for the minor premiership at AAMI Park on Saturday, with Vunivalu creating history and Cronulla's errors proving costly.
Melbourne have taken the JJ Giltinan Shield as the minor premiers on the back of a dominant defensive display against the Sharks at AAMI Park on Saturday.
The Storm and Sharks have both confirmed their final 17 ahead of their Round 26 NRL Telstra Premiership clash at AAMI Park on Saturday night.
A win this week would give Cronulla their first minor premiership in 17 years, but Sharks players say finishing on top of the ladder isn't their biggest focus.