It's the horror end-of-season trend Cronulla desperately want to turn around ahead of this year's NRL finals.
First-up losers in each of the last two finals series, the Sharks scraped into the playoffs in both 2019 and 2020 but without any form or momentum behind them.
Last year, their first-week exit at the hands of Canberra came after they dropped four of their last six matches to fall to eighth.
The season before it was seven of their last 12 that they lost before going out in the first week to Manly.
This year they want it to be different.
Perched in seventh, Cronulla's run home starts with a crucial clash against Manly on Sunday at Redcliffe where they must find a way to stop Tom Trbojevic.
Other than that, their only game against a top-eight team comes against Melbourne in the final round.
"We definitely don't want to just sneak into the eight like we have in previous years," prop Braden Hamlin-Uele said.
"We want to really solidify our spot in the eight.
"It's definitely something we want to do. It's not something we focus on, but we just know if we play as a team we can do anything.
"We know if we play to what our abilities are we can solidify a spot in the eight. It's on us."
The Sharks' task for Sunday has not been made easy though.
Just days after Shaun Johnson was ruled out long-term with a hamstring injury, Matt Moylan is unlikely to recover from his calf injury in time to face the Sea Eagles.
Cronulla players were cagey when asked about Moylan's fitness and his return to training on Thursday, but it's understood the five-eighth is likely to be another week out.
That will leave Connor Tracey and Braydon Trindall to partner up in the halves together at NRL level for just the second time, with Tracey moving from the centres.
The utility has been a star for the Sharks wherever he has played this year, after spending the majority of preseason training at fullback before losing that battle to Will Kennedy.
"He's got a lot of energy and I love how he plays and I love playing with him," Kennedy said.
"(That halves pairing is) shaping up really well. They are two young energetic players who bring a lot to the team.
"Connor's running game and Tricky's organising, when they're on we're all on."
Australian Associated Press