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Robson out to lift ailing Sharks in NRL
Roje Adaimy
15:15 AEST Tue Jul 24 2012
Jeff Robson
Cronulla halfback Jeff Robson says he has to step up to stop their NRL season from unravelling.

Cronulla halfback Jeff Robson admits a fair bit of responsibility rests on his shoulders to piece the Sharks' unravelling season back together.

Seen as serious premiership contenders earlier in the year, the Sharks have slid back to sixth on the NRL ladder after a 36-4 thumping by Canberra at home on Sunday.

The defeat marks the Sharks' fourth loss - plus a draw - from their past eight matches. All except one were against sides sitting outside the top eight.

After the team underwent a lengthy video review session on Tuesday, Robson acknowledged the Sharks' defence had been "off" the past couple of weeks.

"We know what we're doing wrong and we're looking to work hard this week to turn it around," he said.

"We'd been up for a while and it's tough to keep that roll on, but we're not making any excuses."

Robson said "a fair bit" of the onus does fall on his shoulders as a halfback to bring an end to the Sharks' run of poor form, starting with their match against Penrith on Saturday.

"My main role is to get the team around the field and lead us around and I felt like I was a bit off my game (against the Raiders) - as most players were," he said.

"Everyone's looking to turn it around and we're looking forward to the Panthers."

Stand-in skipper Wade Graham said he too was ready to move on from Sunday's loss and was focused on winning one game at a time.

"We can't dwell on it too much because, if you dwell on it, then just keeps hanging around," he said.

"We've just got to learn from it, put everything into this week and go out there and put a good performance on Penrith.

"Because if we win against them, everyone's going (to be saying) 'oh happy days'."

The Sharks are yet to confirm whether captain Paul Gallen (abdominal strain, knee) will make his much-awaited return to the side for Saturday's match.

Gallen did some light running with the team's physiotherapist on Tuesday but did not train with the squad.

With or without the skipper, Graham is adamant the season is not over for the Sharks.

"There's still time. There's six weeks to go. We're still in a good position - we're in the eight," he said.

The Sharks face a tough run home with the Warriors, South Sydney, Melbourne and North Queensland still on the cards.


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