To describe Cronulla's 2014 campaign as a season from hell would be an understatement. But NRL.com writer Jack Brady finds a silver lining in the clouds.
The Sharks face an uphill battle here against a Cowboys team on their home patch that have notched five wins from their past six games.
Parramatta's Isaac De Gois is backing his former Cronulla teammates to come back better and stronger after a year to forget in the NRL.
Cronulla stand-in captain Jeff Robson says a difficult season featuring injuries, ASADA bans and a likely wooden spoon has felt like an 'eternity'.
A horror week for Cronulla ended with a firm grip on the 2014 wooden spoon after losing at home to an Anthony Milford-inspired Raiders 22-12.
The Sharks have been advised that five players currently contracted to the club have received 'show cause' notices from ASADA.
The winner here will likely secure a 15th place finish while the loser will probably have the wooden spoon to hold over the off-season.
Cronulla have refused to blame a lack of experience or mounting injury toll for their huge 48-6 loss to an impressive Melbourne on Saturday night.
Melbourne have moved back onto the winners list in emphatic fashion with a 48-6 win over Cronulla in front of 12,185 fans at AAMI Park.
A young Cronulla squad will arrive in Melbourne looking to cause one of the upsets of the season on Saturday night, and the Storm know it.