NRL Rd 22 - Wests Tigers v Sharks
TAMWORTH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 13: Kade Dykes of the Sharks is tackled during the round 22 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Cronulla Sharks at Scully Park, on August 13, 2022, in Tamworth, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

The Cronulla Sharks have been hit by a late blow ahead of Saturday evening's clash with the Manly Sea Eagles, with young fullback Kade Dykes ruled out.

The injury will cause a reshuffle to the team, with Lachlan Miller moving to fullback and Matt Ikuvalu coming into the side.

According to AAP, Ikuvalu will play on the wing, although there are still question marks surrounding the fitness of Matt Moylan and Connor Tracey, with both named to play but not certainties.

Should Tracey also be ruled out, Cronulla would likely bring young gun Kayal Iro into the side, playing at either wing or centre in a combination with Ikuvalu.

If Moylan was ruled out, Braydon Trindall would be brought into the side to partner Nicho Hynes in the halves.

The late injury blow and reshuffle comes with the Sharks already playing without William Kennedy, who is working through recovery from injury with a chance to return for Round 25 or Week 1 of the finals.

Cronulla, who are pushing for a top-four spot and potentially a home qualifying final in Week 1, have an easier run than most to the finish line, but won't be counting anything before it hatches ahead of their trip to Manly.

They have lost all of their last seven at Brookvale and have a terrible overall record on the Northern Beaches, having won just 6 out of 32 games there dating back to their first clash in 1967.

Their last win came in the opening round of the 2008 season.

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  1. They won’t be losing 8 in a row there that’s for sure. Manly have been as disappointing as my dragons and now they have so many out, Cronulla will smash them.

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