Cronulla Sharks vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog
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Cronulla Vs. Warriors
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 16 June, 2012
|Toyota Stadium, NSW|
|Cronulla 20 defeated Warriors 19|
|Referee: Ashley Klein|
|Touch judges: Adam Reid & Dave Munro|
A Cronulla Sharks outfit feeling the effects of Origin battle a full-strength New Zealand Warriors side showing ominous signs mid-way through the season. Join us for live scores and commentary from 5.30pm AEST.
Todd Carney and Paul Gallen both put in huge performances for NSW on Wednesday night, and while Carney appears to have come through unscathed, Gallen picked up a knee injury that looks like it will rule him out of this clash.
The Sharks’ inspirational captain will be given right until kick-off to prove his fitness, and there’s no doubt his presence – or absence – will have a big impact on the Sharks’ chances.
With that said, Cronulla have shown they can win without Gallen on a couple of occasions this season, and with the added advantage of their home ground fortress – they’ve lost just one game at Toyota Stadium in 2012 – they’ll be backing themselves no matter what in this one.
The Warriors, however, remain completely unaffected by Origin, and they appear to have found some of the form that propelled them to a grand final in 2011, with a dominant performance over a spirited Panthers outfit last week.
New Zealand completely dominated Penrith up front with the likes of Ben Matulino, Russell Packer and Feleti Mateo eating up the metres and continually getting their side on the front foot throughout the contest.
However, they might just meet their match in the form of the Sharks, with the likes of Bryce Gibbs, Andrew Fifita and Jeremy Smith gobbling up plenty of metres in their own right.
Still, while the forward packs should even each other, the Warriors’ halves pairing of Shaun Johnson and James Maloney are in fine form at the moment, and with the likes of Manu Vatuvei and Konrad Hurrell punching holes in defences right across the park, it’s hard to go past New Zealand in this one.
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