Sharks halfback Chad Townsend will continue to cut himself off from the outside world as he looks to lead his beloved Cronulla outfit to NRL glory.
The Melbourne Storm and Canberra Raiders have named their final teams ahead of Saturday night's Preliminary Final at AAMI Park.
Warrington coach Tony Smith has paid tribute to winger Tom Lineham after his two-try performance helped earn Super League semi-final home tie.
Melbourne Storm's Cooper Cronk goes head-to-head with Canberra Raiders' Aidan Sezer in an NRL Telstra Premiership preliminary final.
They said all week they expected halfback Chad Townsend to bounce back with a big game and on Friday night Cronulla players were proved correct.
Departing Cowboys front-rower James Tamou was forced to contemplate how his side's 2015 premiership success may have influenced their loss to the Sharks.
Canberra Raiders right-edge duo Jordan Rapana and Joey Leilua have been hard to separate this season.
James Maloney is preparing for his third Grand Final in six years, at three different clubs, in a spell that has seen him claim three minor premierships.
Selfless Sharks hooker Michael Ennis won't be using his impending retirement to fire up his teammates ahead of the NRL Telstra Premiership grand final.
The North Queensland Cowboys were the victims of a Sharks feeding frenzy that put an end to their spirited NRL Telstra Premiership title defence.