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NRL: Fitzgibbon salutes new halves pairing

Cronulla coach Craig Fitzgibbon says he is loving his new halves pairing of Nicho Hynes and Matt Moylan who have impressed in the opening two rounds of the NRL season.

The Sharks are priced at 7/10 to beat the Dragons on Thursday night and Fitzgibbon is excited to see the new combination carry on making further progress.

Hynes a big hit

Hynes arrived from the Melbourne Storm during the off-season. He had spent most of last season playing at fullback when covering for the injured Ryan Papenhuyzen.

However he grew up playing junior footy in the halves and that Fitzgibbon was always confident he  could return to the position.

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Moylan is also predominantly a fullback but has plenty of experience playing five-eight and is the perfect partner for Hynes.

Perfect combination

"We tried a few different combinations in the pre-season but Nicho and Matt gelled very well," Fitzgibbon said.

"Their work ethic is tremendous and they are involved in everything and that's what you want out of your halves. It's still early for their connection but has it formed pretty quickly.

"Ive always believed in Matt as a player and I was confident Nicho had played enough half growing up to do the job. You don't forget how you've grown up playing footy and the position you were in, he just had to put in a big pre-season working on the fundamentals of the halves role."

Just like the Dragons, the Sharks sit 1-1 after two rounds so there is plenty at stake in what is expected to be a fiery derby clash at WIN Stadium.

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