We've gone into enemy territory this week to bring you the tactics and strategy out of the Cronulla Sharks camp ahead of their Round 12 clash against the nib Newcastle Knights at Beanie for Brain Cancer Stadium on Sunday.

The Sharks have been in fine form thus far, sitting pretty in 5th position, and recording a 5-0 winning streak.

A powerful forward pack will prove to be a tough task for the Knights, with Andrew Fifita in career-high form, Paul Gallen returning recently from injury, while Luke Lewis and Wade Graham are expected to return to the field this weekend to further bolster a side stacked with talent.

Although the Sharks are seemingly dominant on paper, Cronulla veteran Jayson Bukuya is wary of the impact that a young Knights squad can have if they fire on the night.

"I reckon it's going to be a pretty close game up there," Bukuya said on the Sharks website.

"They're a good side and they've been getting better the last couple of years.

"They've got a young team, a young forward pack, (and are) really enthusiastic.

"We're going to have to match them, that's for sure."



Lewis has been watching the sporadic attacking structure of the Knights with a keen eye and has admitted that targeting Kalyn Ponga will pose a problem for the Sharks.

"How do you stop him?" stated Lewis, as he jokingly questioned media on Thursday.

"We have done a great deal of video on him this week and his footwork is great.

"He loves to attack the right edge. He has been playing outstanding football and I love watching him play...but we will be prepared, and we will be ready.

"He is a real shining light in rugby league at the moment. His ball skills and footwork (is fantastic)."