Cronulla Sharks vs Gold Coast Titans: NRL live scores
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Cronulla Vs. Gold Coast
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 10 June, 2012
|Toyota Stadium, NSW|
|Cronulla 22 defeated Gold Coast 12|
|Referee: J Robinson|
|Touch judges: Daniel Eastwood & Nick Beashel|
After suffering a surprise defeat to Parramatta on Monday night, the Cronulla Sharks will have to roll up their sleeves this afternoon if they are to beat the in-form Gold Coast Titans. Join us for live scores from 2:00pm AEST.
The Sharks have hit a speed bump since defeating the Melbourne Storm a month ago, suffering back to back losses to the Bulldogs and Eels.
Cronulla’s defeat to Parramatta on Monday is of particular concern to coach Shane Flanagan, given that the Sharks squandered a 20-6 halftime lead before finally losing 29-20.
Despite completing the majority of their sets against Parramatta, the Sharks were out muscled and out gunned in the second half as the Eels scored 23 unanswered points that allowed them to secure just their second win of the season.
With Paul Gallen and Todd Carney both missing because of Origin duty this week, the Sharks will really have to knuckle down today against a Titans outfit that has rediscovered some good form.
The Titans have won their past three matches, including last week’s terrific 28-12 win against the Cowboys.
The Gold Coast however will be without three of their best performers this season, with Ashley Harrison, Greg Bird and Nate Myles all on Origin duty.
The preceding players leave a sizeable void upfront for the Titans, so the Sharks will fancy their chances of dominating proceedings up the middle.
Cronulla’s capitulation against the Eels will have not gone down well at training this week, so expect the Sharks to really aim up in the forwards today.
Jeremy Smith, Jason Bakuya, Bryce Gibbs and Ben Ross will be expected to perform against a weakened Titans pack, and if they do, the Sharks will go a long way to controlling this contest.
Without Carney in the side however, the Sharks may struggle to orchestrate points, and it is here where the Titans have the advantage.
Although their pack may be depleted, the Titans in-form halves combination remains intact, with Scott Prince and Adam Sezar capable of opening up Cronulla today.
If the likes of Mark Minichiello and Luke Bailey aim up upfront, then Prince and Sezar will receive the platform necessary to guide the Titans home today.
With both teams in desperate need of a win, this may well end up being of the closest games of the round.
The Sharks at home have proven difficult to defeat this season, and as they showed against Melbourne earlier, they are capable of grinding a win without their established stars.
Sharks by 4
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