Xerri 'quiet' in Sharks NRL win: Morris

Cronulla's Bronson Xerri (L) celebrates his 10th try of the season in the win over the Dragons.
Cronulla's Bronson Xerri (L) celebrates his 10th try of the season in the win over the Dragons.

Cronulla rookie Bronson Xerri scored the controversial game-winner, should've finished with two tries, and carried the ball for a career-high 206 metres.

But Sharks coach John Morris thought Xerri was barely sighted in their pivotal local derby win over St George Illawarra on Sunday.

"I actually felt he was pretty quiet, actually. We're still trying to find ways to get him into the game," Morris said of Xerri's performance.

"Wade (Graham) didn't see the ball that he would've liked to have seen to get him some more early ball (on Sunday)."

The 206 metres eclipsed the 198 metres he carried in his unforgettable breakout performance against Penrith in round three.

But despite being in his first season, and three weeks out from a likely maiden finals campaign, the 18-year-old has shown no signs of slowing down.

His "quiet" performance against the Dragons was the sixth time in eight games he cracked the 100-metre barrier, and feature his fourth try in four games.

He's also made at least one line break in each of his past seven games.

"He's arrived at that top level, certainly much quicker than I thought. But we knew he was a really good talent coming through," Morris said.

The contentious victory lifted the Sharks over Newcastle and Penrith into eighth spot with just three games remaining until the end of the regular season.

However Morris is likely to be without fullback Matt Moylan for at least one week after aggravating a hamstring injury that has plagued him for most of the year.

Josh Dugan, who moved to fullback after Moylan exited in the second half, is all but certain to wear the No.1 against the Warriors next week.

"(Moylan) had a pretty decent tear in it earlier in the year and it's just hard to get that conditioning into him when you're getting him ready for a game," Morris said.

"He had 7-8 weeks off with it and then he needs a good break to let it rest but given we're going into round 23, we just don't have that time.

"Hopefully it's just one more week and then that's it for the rest of the year but it's certainly been frustrating for him to build those combinations."

Australian Associated Press