NRL: Shaun Johnson as the first choice kicker for Cronulla Sharks

NRL: Shaun Johnson as the first choice kicker for Cronulla Sharks

Under-fire five-eighth Shaun Johnson is likely to regain the goal-picking duties for Cronulla and is ready to produce an improved performance against NRL leaders Melbourne on Saturday.

Cronulla coach John Morris brought the New Zealand international four minutes away in last week's loss to Brisbane.

Johnson Hardy did every ball & # 39; in the game & # 39; and Morris was adamant that the confidence of his kiwi star was not compromised by being replaced.

"He is doing well, he is professional, he knows that there are parts of his game that he needs to work on," Morris said.

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"He has had an excellent training week and I am really looking forward to being there tomorrow night."

Sharks halfback Shaun Johnson has been out of shape in recent weeks.

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Sharks halfback Shaun Johnson has been out of shape in recent weeks.

Morris said that Johnson would probably be the starting shark goalicker, an area they've been struggling with lately.

In all their losses in the last three weeks, the sharks scored more attempts than their opponents, but missed nine out of twelve attempts.

Johnson missed two of his shots against the Bulldogs two weeks ago and last week Chad Townsend went 0.4.

& # 39; We're just in a hole there now, & # 39; said Morris.

"It would be nice if we could make a few more attempts in and around the posts, I think 11 of our last 12 were outside the 10-meter line."

Morris said that fullback Matt Moylan would miss Saturday's game at AAMI Park with a hamstring problem,

The sharks had previously lost their two co-captains, Paul Gallen with a glute type and NSW Origin utility Wade Graham for a hamstring injury.

Graham is expected to miss three games, but Morris hopes to have Moylan and Gallen back next week.

They regain Andrew Fifita who will take over the captain after the suspension has returned.

Shaun Johnson was pulled out of the field with the game in balance against the Broncos.

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Shaun Johnson was pulled out of the field with the game in balance against the Broncos.

"I think the last time we defeated Melbourne, which was their last loss in the eighth round, we had 1000 games on the sidelines, so our boys have been in this situation before, we have a lot of experience there."

Morris said he was fired from his cane when he was playing a Melbourne team, galvanized by Cameron Smith while playing his 400th game.

"I think it's the game we need during the last few weeks," he said.

"It is good to be a game that is underdogs. We have had heavy favorites in recent weeks and we have not tackled that well."

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