Two down, 23 to go.

The second round of the 2021 NRL season didn't just provide us with our second set of winners and losers, it raised yet another series of questions.

With each of the league's 16 teams set to do battle again this weekend, we attempted to answer the major issues facing their playing lists and coaches alike.


Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Can they replicate their effort each week?

Despite falling agonisingly short against the red-hot Raiders, Cronulla were not without their chances on Sunday.

As mentioned, John Morris' school of Sharks beat Canberra in most facets of the stats sheet, but failed to extend this to the scoreboard.

The men from the Shire bested the Canberrans in metres gained, set distance and kick return metres. Cronulla's receipts, offloads and tackles made also surpassed those of the Green Machine.

It may seem simplistic to state, but all of these measures were realistically met due to a buy in and effort from the 17 men in black, white and blue.

As this was enough to run a Premiership fancy close in Round 2, if it is replicated this weekend, it should be enough to keep them up to their eyeballs against the 2-0 Eels.

The funny thing about effort, is that is up to the individual to provide it. So, the choice is up Morris' men if they show up or swim off.

Cronulla Sharks Training Session
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 02: Sharks coach John Morris watches on during a Cronulla Sharks NRL training session at PointsBet Stadium on June 02, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)