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'We’ll be sending a lot of traffic this week at him'

The Cronulla Sharks have a plan for Kalyn Ponga. 

Chad Townsend has confessed all and it should come as no surprise.

They’re planning on sending a ton of traffic down his edge.


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With the nib Newcastle Knights hosting the Sharks on Friday night, Ponga begins his fulltime switch from fullback to five-eighth.

According to Townsend, the move into the line is an area his team will be attacking.

“Moving from fullback to the halves, that’s probably one area where you do get a lot of traffic and make a lot more tackles,” said Sharks halfback Chad Townsend told Fox Sports.

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“There’ll be no doubt we’ll be sending a lot of traffic this week at him and making sure he can make as many tackles as he can to try and get that sting out of his attack.

“But I saw the kid play 60 minutes in Origin in the middle so I know he’s a tough kid, but we want to take out as much juice out of him as we can.”


Two wees ago, the Sharks came out 30-6 winners in their trial with the Knights.

Townsend said he doesn’t read too much into the result and expects to face a fired up outfit ready to impress in front of a packed house.

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“We’ve got no doubts the Knights will have looked at the tape and be disappointed with how they played,” Townsend said.

“It’s a different game. They’ll be ready — round one up in Newcastle in front of their home fans.

“And we haven’t won round one for five years and that’s a big thing for us that our coaching staff have been drilling into us all pre-season — to start the season well and we really want to win round one.”