James Maloney of the Sharks.
James Maloney of the Sharks. CRAIG GOLDING

Maloney prefers the 'easy way' to a premiership

JAMES Maloney knows full well the importance of winning a qualifying final and enjoying a week's break.

The five-eighth will help guide the Sharks when they take on the Canberra Raiders on Saturday with the winner to advance to the preliminary final, while the loser heads to a cut-throat semi-final the following week.

Before arriving at Cronulla, Maloney was a part of three minor premierships with the Sydney Roosters, but was successful in only one qualifying final, in 2013, which they converted into a premiership. Losing in the first week of the finals in 2014 and 2015, they only got as far the prelims.

"Rather than getting up for four games in a row week after week, you get up for one, cool off, have a rest and then get up for two,” Maloney said.

"It is nice to be sitting at home on the lounge on the second week of finals watching everyone go at it.

"If you are straight through it is definitely the easy way.”



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