Graham makes his long-awaited comeback

It could have been a danger game for Cronulla after last week's bye but the 12-day break had the Sharks rested and ready for the clash with the Parramatta Eels at PointsBet Stadium.

Even with the normal second half scare the Sharks hung on in a high scoring game to defeat the Eels 42-22 at home and cementing their spot in the top six.

With their last game win over local rivals St George Illawarra, the Sharks start to welcome back some of the stars who have been missing through the early rounds this year.

Coach Morris said that Wade Graham will finally make his long-awaited comeback since suffering an ACL tear in the final game of the 2018 season.

"It's been nearly nine months since he hobbled off the field in that semi-final against the Roosters last year.

"It's been a really good recovery for him, he's worked super hard to get himself fit and ready to play and he's looking forward to it."Morris said.

Cronulla fullback Matt Moylan warned against expecting too much of Wade when he returns saying they can't be relying on him to be the player he was straight away.

In the head to head department, the Sharks have won five of the past six games against the Eels, with the one loss coming back in round four this season.

But the Sharks came to play with try scoring machine Bronson Xerri scoring after 3 minutes and power prop Andrew Fifita after 24 leaving the Sharks team looking dominant.

Parramatta came back at the Sharks but with Wade Graham finally getting on the park ,immediately the Sharks responded and the resurgent Josh Dugan scored right on halftime which got PM Scott Morrison out of his seat and forgetting his jetlag.

The Sharks came out powering in the second half putting Parramatta to the sword with a try to inform half Townsend and half partner Kyle Flanagan and another to try scoring machine Xerri.

Parramatta made a last gasp run at the home team putting on two tries in two minutes but Aaron Gray scored in the last minute and it was never going to be enough for Parramatta leaving the Sharks to do their lap of honour with Kyle Flanagan kicking six goals.

Captain courageous Paul Gallen moved into eighth place on the NRL list for most appearances ever, equalling Brad Fittler on 336 games. The Sharks skipper, currently tied on 63 tries with Ray Corcoran, just needs one try to move into outright sixth place on the Sharks all-time try scoring list.