Cronulla Sharks vs. Canberra Raiders: NRL live scores, blog
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Cronulla Vs. Canberra
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 23 July, 2012
|Toyota Stadium, NSW|
|Canberra 36 defeated Cronulla 4|
|Referee: Shayne Hayne|
|Touch judges: J Walsh & Dave Munro|
The Cronulla Sharks will be aiming to jump back into the top four when they take on a Canberra Raiders outfit who have their season on the line. Join us for live scores and commentary from 2.00pm AEST.
Sitting on 25 points after their disappointing draw with the Roosters two weeks back, a win today will see the Sharks leapfrog the fourth-placed Broncos, who currently sit on 26 points.
They’ll have to do it without two key men though – Jeremy Smith is rated only a slim chance of returning from a knee injury, and captain Paul Gallen has again been ruled out with an abdominal problem.
Still, the Sharks are benefiting from plenty of depth in 2012, and the form of their replacements – particularly Wade Graham and Andrew Fifita – has been extremely encouraging for coach Shane Flanagan.
They also welcome back Anthony Tupou into the starting line-up, a player who has spent a lot of time on the sideline with injury but who can be devastating on his day.
For the Raiders, a win here is essential if they’re to hold onto their slim hopes of making the top eight.
After a stunning display against the Storm two weeks back, the Raiders crashed back down to earth with an ordinary performance against the Newcastle Knights in Round 19.
They’ll be desperate to recapture some of the form that helped them put 40 on the Storm on that day, and even though he hasn’t been named, rumours are they’ll be boosted by the early return of Josh Dugan.
Where Dugan will fit into the 17 is unclear – his preferred position is fullback, but Reece Robinson has been strong back there, so we may see him slot into five-eighth.
Whatever the case, his presence adds an extra attacking dimension to a side that already features plenty of attacking weapons, with Robinson, Blake Ferguson and Josh McCrone all capable of plenty of damage on their day.
Can the Sharks continue their consistent 2012 form by disposing of the Raiders today, or will the inconsistent Green Machine turn it on and keep eighth spot within reach? Join us from 2.00pm AEST for live scores and commentary on our live blog, and be sure to give us your opinion in the space below if you’re watching.