NSW coach Laurie Daley is relieved the Blues were able to win Paul Gallen's final Origin game but regrets missed opportunities that cost his team the series.
NSW forward Andrew Fifita said he rushed to his old mate Matt Moylan's defence in the moment that earned him a sin-binning in State of Origin III.
They survived a black cat in Penrith last week, now the Sharks must overcome another superstition if they are to consolidate their spot atop the NRL ladder.
Ahead of his final Origin appearance, departing NSW skipper Paul Gallen claims Queensland counterpart Cameron Smith is the best player he's ever seen or faced.
A year ago he was a bench player at the Sharks but 2012 Dally M Medal winner Ben Barba has turned his career around after another superb effort against Penrith.
The Penrith Panthers had the perfect opportunity to end the Cronulla Sharks' winning run but ended up soundly beaten 26-10 at Pepper Stadium on Sunday.
A Ben Barba-inspired Sharks side earned a 13th straight win despite being without five State of Origin stars, beating the Panthers 26-10 in Penrith on Sunday.
All the latest team news heading into Round 18 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.
The NSW Blues are set to try out yet another halves combination but James Maloney says he's ready to dominate the playmaking duties in Origin III.
Cronulla's 12-game winning streak has never been in more doubt, with five stars away on Origin duty and the Panthers hungry to make up for last week's loss.