CRONULLA star Todd Carney says the Sharks need to prove themselves against top four opposition more than he needs a personal victory of Sydney Roosters and NSW five-eighth James Maloney.
Carney gave the Blues an indication of what they missed during the Origin series with a five-star showing in Friday night’s 19-18 win over Brisbane, setting up three tries, converting them and booting the winning field goal for good measure.
But he played down his looming personal battle with the man who took his Blues shirt.
“He’s not going to worry about me until Thursday and I’ve just got to worry about their strike players and he’s one of them,” Carney tells RLW.
“He’s one of 17 so it’s important we prepare well to play against them … we’ve got to play good against top four teams and who better than the Roosters?
“We haven’t performed against a good team this year, that’s higher than us on the ladder.
“Origin last year took a lot out of me and hopefully tonight was a bit of a spark I needed for the back end of the year, and that I can continue to bring in performances like that.”
Friday night was Carney’s 150th game but he pointed out that he would have reached the mark much sooner if not for some disciplinary problems over the years.
“I had a little holiday … if things went to plan, I could have been around 200 now,” he said.
“But everything happens for a reason. If I hadn’t had those holidays, I probably wouldn’t have been sitting here, I’d probably still be in Canberra. I’m happy to play 150 … hopefully I can get 200 and 250 in this jumper.”
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