Cowboy thrilled to be fit for finals

WHILE Tariq Sims's teammates were thrilled to have booked a finals berth after their win over the Tigers last Saturday night, the young back-rower was just happy to make it through a final-round game.

"I was nervous before the game the other night - it was the first round 26 game that I've ever played," Sims said.

The 23-year-old was even more thankful not to have suffered a third broken leg this year, which sidelined him for the finals in 2011, and the back half of 2012.

"I'm pretty stoked, and now we move onto the finals. We haven't peaked just yet," he added.

That may mean the Sharks will have a tough time handling their eighth-placed opponents at Allianz Stadium tomorrow, particularly seeing they lost 31-18 to North Queensland in round 25.

And if the going gets physical, as expected against a Cronulla side captained by firebrand Paul Gallen, Sims won't take a backward step.

"Grubby tactics - I don't really think about it that way. That's just football - I love that sort of stuff," Sims said.

He also said he wouldn't be surprised to see teammate Matt Scott cleared to return from a broken finger.


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