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The eighth-placed Cronulla Sharks look to hold off the challenge of the surging New Zealand Warriors. Join The Roar for live scores from 6:30pm (AEST).
This is one of the more intriguing match-ups of the round. Cronulla are clinging onto their finals berth, but the Warriors have defied arduous circumstances to be one of the form teams of the competition.
A finals-run seemed a remote possibility for the New Zealand club a month ago, yet a win here would leave the Warriors shy of the eight by just two points.
Cronulla were given an old-fashioned hiding by the Knights in Newcastle. The paper-thin defence which has plagued John Morris’s team all year was exposed relentlessly, and time is running out for the Sharks to prove they can be anything more than a speed-bump to the good teams.
Astoundingly for a team that has spent most of the year inside the top eight – the Sharks are still yet to beat any top eight side.
The Warriors were typically gallant in their narrow defeat as heavy underdogs to Parramatta. The game could’ve easily been theirs had they not had a man incorrectly sin-binned in the first half.
The Warriors have shown incredible resilience in the face of adversity. Cronulla on the other hand, don’t have a single win over finals-bound teams to their name in the entire season.
Put simply, the Sharks don’t deserve to play in the finals. The Warriors do.
Kick-off: 6:30pm (AEST)
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NRL Live Pass
Odds: Sharks $1.56, Warriors $2.45
1. Will Kennedy, 2. Sione Katoa, 3. Josh Dugan, 4. Jesse Ramien, 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo, 6. Connor Tracey, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele, 9. Blayke Brailey, 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Briton Nikora, 12. Siosifa Talakai, 13. Toby Rudolf
Bench/Reserves: 14. Teig Wilton, 15. Jack Williams, 16. Andrew Fifita, 17. Royce Hunt, 18. Scott Sorensen, 19. Bryson Goodwin, 20. Braydon Trindall, 21. Billy Magoulias
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2. Adam Pompey, 3. Hayze Perham, 4. Peta Hiku, 5. George Jennings, 6. Kodi Nikorima, 7. Chanel Harris-Tavita, 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, 9. Karl Lawton, 10. Isaiah Papali’i, 11. Jack Murchie, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Jazz Tevaga
Bench/Reserves: 14. Wayde Egan, 15. Adam Blair, 16. Daniel Alvaro, 17. Lachlan Burr, 18. Josh Curran, 20. Paul Turner, 21. Tom Ale, 22. Gerard Beale