Titans forward Luke Douglas concedes that the spectre of going the first month of the 2015 winless is weighing on the minds of players and coaches.
This game represents short-term salvation to two teams who have just three wins in their past 18 matches between them.
Sharks five-eighth Ben Barba has taken the early guilty plea on two match review committee charges coming out of the game against the Melbourne Storm.
NSW and Australia utility Luke Lewis was happy to be back in the fold for Cronulla, admitting the game felt faster after his long injury lay-off.
The Storm did it easily against the Sharks in Melbourne, and here are five key points to take away from the Telstra Premiership Round 3 match at AAMI Park.
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.