Despite a midseason revival with four straight wins, the Cronulla side slipped to ten straight defeats to equal the club's worst losing streak. One of these losses caused great controversy as the Sharks, playing against Manly, were forced to field just 12 men for most of the game after Luke Douglas was sent off by referee Phil Haines for a careless high tackle.
Coach Stuart was left fuming by this and other decisions made by the referees during the game. The Sharks managed to avoid the wooden spoon in when the Roosters were soundly beaten by the Cowboys in the final round, resulting in a lower overall standing than the Sharks.
This was a rare positive in a horror season for the Cronulla club. The start of the season saw the Sharks return reinvented, with a new board, new CEO Richard Fisk and refinancing of club debt with the leagues club. However, reverting the poor on-field performance proved more difficult. Having developed a plan to refinance debt and a long term financial strategy, Richard Fisk resigned in June The clubs head coach, Ricky Stuart, also tendered his resignation from onwards due to the poor on field performance.
The season started so promising for the club. The addition of Wade Graham at five-eighth and New Zealand international Jeremy Smith to a pack already containing two origin players promised an end to the Sharks' status as cellar-dwellers.
Despite being humiliated by the Raiders at Canberra Stadium in round one, , the club won its next two matches. They beat defending premiers St. George Illawarra at home in round two, and smashed Penrith at Centerbet Stadium. Then the losses really started coming for the club as a number of first starters were injured, losing five in a row to the Warriors , Sea Eagles , Knights , Cowboys , and Rabbitohs Cronulla dropped down the table, from 9th to 15th.
They broke their hoodoo in round ten, when they beat the struggling Sydney Roosters at Toyota Stadium. They were again disappointing in round eleven, when they were defeated by the Eels at Parramatta Stadium.
They then faced the Broncos at home in round 13, and were, again, disappointing going down A bye in round 14 gifted them with the chance to train hard for a week without a match, and skipper Paul Gallen lead the NSW Blues Origin team to a memorable victory over Queensland, with an inspirational performance.
He then played outstandingly for the Sharks in their round 15 match against the Bulldogs just three days after the State of Origin match. Cronulla beat Canterbury-Bankstown The next four weeks saw a turnaround of the club's performance, with victory over the Gold Coast Titans , the South Sydney Rabbitohs , and then they took revenge against the Canberra Raiders A round of player signings occurred in the middle of the season.
Proposals to develop the land assets of the Leagues club which owns the stadium and land around Shark Park finally became more tangible, as details of a residential and shopping centre were released.
The Sharks seek to alleviate their crippling debts and also to create an income stream. For Cronulla's maiden season in first grade a sky blue jersey with a white V was adopted from the Cronulla Surf Club despite Cronulla's chocolate and gold design in the Sydney 2nd Division competition.
The team colours of black, white and sky blue haven't changed, with the exception of grey being incorporated during super league, and shortly after on the team's away strip.
It is alleged that during the first season the club President suggested the 'Lions' while the captain Ken Kearney recommended the 'Sharks'. The mascot may have been named after the Cronulla Surf Club's rugby league teams of the s.
From the late s through to the late s, the Sharks used a predominately black circular crest with a blue shark. This was changed after Super League in to a blue and white star-shaped design.
Between —, the name was shortened to simply the "Sharks". Since , the name has since been changed back to the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and changed their logo again in , which is currently in use.
The leagues club sits beside the Cronulla Sutherland home ground, Toyota Stadium, originally known as Endeavour Field. Cronulla's home ground has had numerous names over the years including Ronson Field, Shark Park,Toyota Park, and its current name, Toyota Stadium, re-named after the construction of a stand at the Southern end of the ground.
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A black-and-white Sharks mascot, Sharkie, was also launched in It is locally known as "The Shark Tank". It currently has a capacity of 52, In addition to being the home of the Sharks, it is also used during the Currie Cup for the Sharks , as well as for soccer games.
The ground was originally built in , but have been worked on numerous times. A major upgrade occurred for the Rugby World Cup. This lasted until , when the Eastern Cape attempted to launch their own Super Rugby franchise, the Southern Spears. That meant that the Border Bulldogs and Mighty Elephants teams were aligned with the Spears and later Southern Kings franchise and the Sharks were effectively affiliated with one provincial union only, namely KwaZulu-Natal.
At the end of , the Leopards announced that they would join the Sharks Super Rugby franchise from onwards. The Sharks squad for the Super Rugby season is: All three were replaced the following year however as Rudolf Straeuli was appointed coach, with Kobus van der Merwe as his assistant.
Kevin Putt was appointed as Straeuli's replacement when he was appointed Springbok coach, with Theo van Rensburg as assistant. Dick Muir replaced Putt in and pulled in John Plumtree as his assistant. Plumtree took over the head coaching position for the Currie Cup, whilst Muir took time off to add to his qualifications and learn from some of the most successful coaches in rugby history, such as Sir Clive Woodward.
Muir took The Sharks to the Super 14 final at home and was later seconded as an assistant coach to Peter de Villiers with the national side. John Plumtree took over as full-time coach in where he found immediate success, taking The Sharks to their first Currie Cup title since when they defeated the Blue Bulls in Durban.
He repeated that feat in when his team beat Western Province in the Kings Park final. Following their Super Rugby Final's appearance in , the Sharks produced a lacklustre season in , finishing 8th on the combined log and 4th of 5 teams in the South African division. Plumtree's final season as Sharks coach was marred by a roster depleted of injuries and perceived tactical challenges. Soon after the Sharks' appointment of former Springboks' and Sharks' captain John Smit as team CEO in mid , news reports emerged that White had contacted former Springbok Brendan Venter to assume a short-term coaching role for the Sharks.
Following days of media reports speculating on Plumtree's job security, the Sharks announced that Plumtree would not be brought back following the end of the Super Rugby Campaign. Venter was soon appointed as the Director of Rugby for the Currie Cup campaign, with coaches Brad McLeod-Henderson forwards Sean Everitt backs assuming the day-to-day coaching responsibilities.
Towards the end of Gary Gold left the Sharks and assistant coach Robert du Preez became coach for the Currie Cup campaign, as well as the Super Rugby coach since From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.