Two late tries made the result respectable but in truth the Sharks had no answer for Melbourne who romped to victory in front of 13,015 fans at AAMI Park.
Sharks centre Blake Ayshford has encouraged all kids to give rugby league a go because of the great mates they'll meet along the way.
Cronulla are set to be boosted by the return of Luke Lewis for Saturday's NRL clash with Melbourne.
He spent five seasons plying his trade outside of the Shire, but Sharks winger Mitch Brown is back playing for the team he loves in the area he grew up.
Cronulla haven't won in Melbourne since early 2008, and with the Sharks desperate for a win now's as good a time as any to break that streak.
Rookie Jack Bird says getting roughed up by his older brother and mates in backyard footy games as a kid was the perfect tonic to guide him to NRL.
Sharks second-rower Anthony Tupou has backed Ben Barba to fire and insisted there is no expectation for the under-fire five-eighth to play like Todd Carney.
After both teams subjected themselves to a scrappy, error-riddled affair – these are the five things to take from the Broncos win over the Sharks.
Brisbane Broncos defeated Cronulla Sharks at Remondis Stadium in an uninspiring battle of two teams looking to bounce back from first round losses.
Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan believes their lack of passion cost them in their loss to the Raiders last weekend.