27 Mar 2011

Sharks chew up Panthers

7:43 am on 27 March 2011

Cronulla suddenly look like the real deal in this season's National Rugby League, the Sharks backing up their hiding of the reigning Premiers St George Illawarra last week with a 44-12 rout of the Panthers in Penrith.

While the Sharks proved they're no longer easybeats but genuine title contenders, it was a horror night for the home team at Centrebet Stadium, capped by a shoulder injury to halfback Luke Walsh, a potential suspension for skipper Petero Civoniceva and an error-riddled match by star centre Michael Jennings.

Timana Tahu also endured a disappointing return to the NRL in his debut for Penrith.