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Cronulla and New Zealand do battle at Shark Park in a match with serious top eight ramifications. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 3pm (AEST).
Round 23 welcomes the Warriors to the last chance saloon as they face a Sharks side clinging onto the shirttails of the top eight.
For the Warriors, this is it. A loss kills off their chances of a 2019 finals appearance and may put increased pressure on coach Stephen Kearney.
Sitting 13th on the ladder entering the contest, New Zealand must escape the Shire with two points, or else start planning for 2020.
For the Sharks, this is a wonderful opportunity to take a considerable step towards locking up a top-eight spot.
The top six looks unlikely for them, yet a win today would skip them past the Broncos temporarily and make the tasks of Penrith, Wests Tigers, Newcastle and Canterbury far more difficult in terms of those clubs seeing September action.
Off the back of a morale-boosting victory against the Dragons last weekend, the Sharks will be hoping for a late-season flurry against the Warriors, Raiders and Tigers over the next three weeks.
There is no excuse available in the personnel that Cronulla will send onto the field for this match. Sadly, that very same personnel has been somewhat unconvincing throughout the 2019 season.
The Warriors are also close to full strength and similarly, must be scratching their heads, wondering why the men from the shaky isles have not been able to lock in a spot in the finals by this stage of the season.
The halves combination of Shaun Johnson and Chad Townsend will be the key for the Sharks; when they fire, the team does look impressive.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will continue to shoulder far too many of the attacking opportunities for New Zealand and will need a big game from Blake Green on the fringes if the Warriors are to threaten the Sharks on their home deck.
Shark Park may well prove the difference in this one with the home side having the chance to do all bar lock in a spot in the finals with a win.
The Warriors may drop their bundle should they fall behind. That appears a likely scenario. Look for the Sharks to put the cleaners through the visitors in a 30 point thrashing.
Catch all the action on The Roar live coverage from 3pm (AEST).
Where: Shark Park, Sydney
When: Saturday 24th August 2019, 3pm (AEST)
TV: Fox League, Kayo Sport, NRL app
Betting: Cronulla Sharks $1.36 New Zealand Warriors $3.10
1. Josh Dugan 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Josh Morris 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Aaron Woods 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen 14. Kurt Capewell 15. Jack Williams 16. Andrew Fifita 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele 18. Billy Magoulias 19. Blayke Brailey
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. David Fusitua 3. Peta Hiku 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Blake Green 8. Agnatius Paasi 9. Issac Luke 10. Leeson Ah Mau 11. Adam Blair 12. Isaiah Papalii 13. Jazz Tevaga 14. Lachlan Burr 15. Sam Lisone 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Kodi Nikorima 21. Adam Keighran 22. Blake Ayshford