Cronulla captain Paul Gallen says the Sharks' recent run of good form counts for nothing if the team doesn't kick on to achieve something in the finals series.
Top four aspirations will be on the line when the red-hot Sharks host the Storm in arguably the game of the round.
The Bulldogs dominate the team stats, Manly's backline conundrum, and the Raiders' young group of forwards begin to show what they're capable of.
It's the notorious punishment no footballer wants: the dreaded end of season nudie run for those that get through a whole year without crossing the stripe.
The Sharks added another big scalp to their trophy cabinet and moved to equal-fourth on the Telstra Premiership ladder with a sturdy win over the Cowboys.
Competition dark horses Cronulla have held off a second-half Cowboys comeback to clinch an important win and move within reach of the NRL's top four.
A stint with the Newtown Jets, a side he is very familiar with, has seen a more mature Tinirau Arona return to the Sharks first grade squad.
The 2nd-placed Cowboys visit the 5th-placed Sharks in what shapes a bellringer bout that could have major implications on the NRL's top four.
The Cronulla Sharks announced that Andrew and David Fifita have both accepted six-match suspensions for an incident at an A Grade match.
Cronulla will feature the RECOGNISE logo on their jerseys in support of the campaign during their Indigenous Round clash with the Cowboys on Saturday night.