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Canterbury Bulldogs vs Cronulla Sharks: NRL live scores, blog

2nd July, 2022
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Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

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Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

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2nd July, 2022
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Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

6

Match Complete

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

18

64N. Hynes
63B. Nikora
51N. Hynes
50S. Katoa
M. Burton40
J. Averillo39
6N. Hynes
5R. Mulitalo

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The Canterbury Bulldogs will be searching for their third straight win when they host the Cronulla Sharks at Accor Stadium this afternoon. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 3pm AEST.

Whether it be by coincidence or design, the Bulldogs have shown real signs of improvement under interim coach Michael Potter. In the five week since they parted ways with Trent Barrett, the Bulldogs have looked far more competitive. They have received some reward for their efforts with consecutive, and convincing wins against the Eels and Tigers.

The Sharks were the talk of the town early in the season and while they still sit in fourth on the ladder, they have some work to do to stay there until September. They ran out winners against the Titans a fortnight ago, but given they are running dead last at the moment it wasn’t the comprehensive win they might have hoped for.

Both sides have named the same 17 from a fortnight ago. The Bulldogs will hope that Matt Burton, fresh of a Blues debut, can keep up the form that got him selected and get them home for the win.

Head to head the Bulldogs have done okay against the Sharks the past few seasons. They have won 2 of the last 4 played between the two. Not bad when you consider how badly the Bulldogs have gone the last few seasons. Go back a little further though, and the Bulldogs have won 2 of the last 9 matches dating back to 2015. The Bulldogs have won 7 of the 12 games played between the two at Accor Stadium.

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Prediction

I smell some danger here for the Sharks. Their ladder position doesn’t really reflect their recent run of form. Since their Round 7 win over the Sea Eagles, they have won 4 of their 7 matches, not a bad record. But those wins have been over the Titans and Warriors, twice over, teams comfortably in the bottom four. They have lost the three others to the Raiders, Roosters and Broncos fairly convincingly.

The Bulldogs are averaging over 27 points per game under Michael Potter. Defensively they still have a way to go, but they have only conceded 16 points in the last two rounds. They look like a team that is now playing without fear of the result. They are happy to chance their arm, and they want to play some footy. Their biggest names are also starting to stand tall. Matt Burton and Josh Addo-Carr have formed quite the combination and Jake Averillo looks right at home playing fullback.

If the Bulldogs get on a roll early, they can absolutely win this game. If the Sharks get themselves in a bit of a hole, I wouldn’t have great faith they can dig themselves back out again. I’m tipping an upset here.

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Bulldogs by 8

Game information

Kick-off: 3:00pm AEST
Venue: Accor Stadium
TV/Stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Nine Network
Odds: Bulldogs $3.10, Sharks $1.38 – odds via PlayUp

Canterbury

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1. Jake Averillo 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Aaron Schoupp 4. Corey Allan 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Max King 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Jackson 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Tevita Pangai Junior 14. Zach Dockar-Clay 15. Corey Waddell 16. Joe Stimson 17. Kurtis Morrin 19. Declan Casey 20. Bailey Biondi-Odo 21. Jayden Tanner 22. Harrison Edwards 24. Jackson Topine

Cronulla

1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Royce Hunt 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Cameron McInnes 14. Aiden Tolman 15. Dale Finucane 16. Teig Wilton 17. Andrew Fifita 18. Connor Tracey 19. Braydon Trindall 20. Kade Dykes 21. Jesse Colquhoun 22. Lachlan Miller

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