Teenage Saints halfback Jayden Sullivan enhanced his NRL claims as the Sharks came from behind to down the Dragons in their NRL trial on Friday night.
In the opening pre-season match, limited to those who played 12 or fewer first-grade games last year, Cronulla overcame a 22-20 Dragons half-time lead to run out seven-tries-to-five winners at PointsBet Stadium.
Established names including Tariq Sims, Daniel Alvaro, Kaide Ellis, Brayden Wiliame and Jackson Ford ran around for the Red V alongside fringe and NSW Cup players.
Most of the big-name forwards only played around 20 minutes with coach Griffin saying they would get more time in next week's trial.
The first half belonged to St George Illawarra's Sullivan, the 19-year-old who debuted against Melbourne in round 20 last year.
The playmaker set up the opening points with an inside ball to fullback Tyrell Sloan, who scored himself the next set after supporting hooker Tyran Wishart, the son of Steelers great Rod.
Sullivan kicked well in general play and worked in defence, often leading the chase downfield.
He could come into contention for Griffin's round one team with five-eighth Corey Norman awaiting a possible NRL sanction.
Griffin said he thought the halves Sullivan and Amone were good in the first half.
"I was pretty happy with the halves, they had some classy touches and physically they handled themselves. They've been impressive at training and it was good to get out and watch them for the first time. They've really put themselves in the picture now."
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