James MacSmith, AAP
Andrew Fifita emphatically put a troubled week behind him on Saturday, laying the platform for Cronulla's first win of the season with his most impressive effort of the year to date.
The Kangaroo prop bounced back from two handling errors in his first two touches in the 37-6 thrashing of the Warriors, to register 16 hit-ups at half-time for over 100 metres, and a match total of 23 carries for 170 metres with five offloads, three tackle breaks and 25 tackles.
Fifita declined to talk to the media post-game, a week after controversially declaring he wished he'd signed with rugby and five days after having his multi-million dollar contract with Canterbury torn up.
But his performance put a full stop at the end of that drama - at least for this week.
"We weren't going forward in our games and Andrew provided us with that," interim Sharks coach Peter Sharp said.
"He was OK, this week, reflective if anything.
"He tried hard for us today.
"He just focused on playing football and that is what he does.
"That is what footballers do, they can just worry about playing football and if they do that the contracts can take care of themselves, whether they are big contracts or small contracts."
"He made a lot of carries for a lot of metres and we have really been missing that."
"He's still got some improvement in him but you saw out there the one-of-a-kind player he is."