New Zealand Warriors vs Cronulla Sharks: NRL live scores, blog
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Warriors Vs. Cronulla
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 5 August, 2012
|Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland|
|Cronulla 45 defeated Warriors 4|
|Referee: T Archer|
|Touch judges: J Younis & Shane Rehm|
Desperation will be the name of the game at Mt Smart Stadium as the New Zealand Warriors host Cronulla Sharks in a crucial match for both teams. Join us for live scores and commentary from 12.00pm AEST.
The Warriors face a massive test of character this afternoon as they aim to rediscover their winning ways after squandering huge leads in their last two games.
Over the past fortnight, New Zealand has squandered 18-nil leads before succumbing to the Knights and Sea Eagles respectively.
Despite their inability to close out matches, the Warriors remain well in the running for a top eight birth.
With their superior points differential, the Warriors are well in the race for a finals birth but must beat the Sharks today if they are to keep their hopes alive.
Despite their recent struggles, Cronulla will be no easybeats, given that they welcome back captain Paul Gallen and playmaker Todd Carney, both absent in last week’s loss to Penrith.
With both teams struggling for confidence at the moment, don’t be surprised to see both sides exchange leads for the majority of the contest.
The Warriors and Sharks have had trouble closing out matches in recent weeks and may struggle with nerves should the match stay close well into the second half.
The performances of individuals such as Carney, Jeff Robson, Gallen, James Maloney, Feleti Mateo and Shaun Johnson will have a huge bearing on the result today.
When the Warriors have momentum, Maloney, Johnson and Mateo are a joy to watch and are usually the catalysts for igniting the Warriors attack early on.
If Cronulla would have learnt anything from New Zealand’s last two performances, it is the fact that the Warriors are very quick off the blocks.
With the Sharks not the best of attacking outfits, Cronulla will be keen to turn today’s contest into an arm wrestle, if only to get Gallen involved in the contest.
When Gallen plays well, Cronulla usually dominate upfront, and when they do, halves Carney and Robson can start to dominate with their accurate kicking games.
With so much on the line today, the Warriors and Sharks should be difficult to separate this afternoon, and it may just take a piece of individual brilliance from either Gallen, Carney, Mateo or Johnson to guide either team home today.
Warriors by 6.
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