Cronulla halfback Chad Townsend suffered a hamstring injury in Saturday’s loss to the Wests Tigers, while Andrew Fifita didn’t play due to a knee issue.
The NRL finals are starting a week early, with the Wests Tigers and Cronulla Sharks playing a virtual elimination final at Leichhardt Oval this Sunday.
The equation is simple for both teams; win and you’re in, lose and it’s all over red rover for 2019.
Well, there is the bizarre scenario involving a Broncos loss to the Bulldogs meaning a mutual draw would see both teams play finals – but let’s not get into that.
It’s going to be a heartbreaking farewell for either Paul Gallen or Robbie Farah, while the other will see their career live on for at least another week.
We got Roar rugby league expert Mary Konstatopoulos on the Game of Codes podcast to preview the all-important Round 25 clash and make a call on who takes the points.
Listen to the debate:
How do the Tigers quell what looks to be a vastly superior forward pack for Cronulla?
Can either side find a cure to their goalkicking woes in time? How much of a factor is Leichhardt Oval?
Do you agree with our experts’ predictions? Let us know in the comments below.