Gallen says Souths will target Shark guns

Former Cronulla captain Paul Gallen expects South Sydney to take the same fire and brimstone approach against the Sharks in Saturday night’s NRL knockout semi-final as they successfully did against their sworn enemies.

The Rabbitohs physicist highlighted a 30-14 semifinal win over the Sydney Roosters, in which propeller Tom Burgess pushed the envelope with high shots on James Tedesco and Matt Lodge.

Burgess was sentenced to sin and then suspended for two weeks, while the Taane Milne center was booked twice for high tackles.

Gallen, speaking at the Main Event boxing press conference in Brisbane ahead of his clash with Justin Hodges and Ben Hannant on Thursday night, said he expected the Rabbitohs forwards to try to subdue the Sharks at Allianz Stadium.

“This is the way to play football in the semi-finals and the way to play great games. You have to dominate at the beginning in the middle and that’s what we saw this weekend, ”Gallen said.

“I know many times it went a little over the top and we sent seven players to the garbage. It wasn’t ideal, but the fact that the Souths snatched them early and claimed dominance is why the field opened up in the background of the match and why the roosters got frustrated.

“They will definitely come back like this. Both teams will do it. “

While the captain of the German Roosters was put on the bench for a concussion from Burgess’s blow, Gallen believes it was not intentional. However, he expects Sharks full-back Will Kennedy and halves Matt Moylan and Nicho Hynes to be targeted.

“These guys are targeted week after week, but I don’t think they’re going to try to hit anyone,” he said.

“It was an accident, Tedesco was taken out of the game. Nobody goes out intentionally to get rid of someone illegally. They might have done it thirty or forty years ago, but not today. “

Cronulla lost 32-30 to North Queensland in the qualifying final, but Gallen rejected suggestions that the Sharks had been lulled into complacency by an easy draw.

“Five or six weeks ago they played in South Sydney, Penrith, Storm, Cowboys and St-George Illawarra while they were still fighting for the top eight.

“They all won except the one against Penrith. The last three weeks (of the regular season) have probably been a little easy for them, but they have a very good defensive record and if they can bring that defense back, which they don’t. did not bring last week, it will be fine.

“I think they can beat the Souths. They beat them when they played them a month ago. It will be a good match, I know. “

Gallen said the Sharks props Toby Rudolf and Royce Hunt are complemented by Dale Finucane, Cam McInnes and Wade Graham’s experience as forwards.

“They have a great job ahead of them,” he said.

“It will be a little easier with Burgess not here, but the South is playing great. Latrell (Mitchell) is on fire. “

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