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Cronulla Sharks vs Sydney Roosters: NRL live scores, blog

9th September, 2023
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Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

12

Match Complete

Sydney Roosters

13

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Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

12

Match Complete

Sydney Roosters

13

72S. Walker
69B. Smith
67S. Wong
N. Hynes61
R. Mulitalo52
43S. Walker
42J. Manu
N. Hynes20
S. Katoa14

2
Tries
2
0
Conversions
2
2
Penalty Goals
0
0
Field Goals
1

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Sudden-death finals football starts tonight when the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks take on the Sydney Roosters at PointsBet Stadium in Cronulla. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:50pm (AEST).

Finals football is good enough. Elimination finals are next level. The Sharks and Roosters have both enjoyed good runs of late and cemented their spot at the expense of other teams that fell away. This could well be the closest semi final of this first week.

The Sharks have had their fair share of detractors, questioning their ability to win against quality opposition. Still, wins over the Rabbitohs, Cowboys and Raiders in recent weeks under pressure probably quietens those critics a little.

The win over the Raiders was semi final style football, with Cronulla happy to get in the grind before turning up the heat in the second half. The Sebastian Kris send off was unfortunate for the Raiders, but the Sharks had wrestled the momentum by that stage.

Craig Fitzgibbon has named an unchanged line up but Connor Tracey is in slight doubt with a knee injury. Will Kennedy has been named in the reserves and could return to the side.

The Roosters were written off at various times during the season, but a five win streak at the end, and a poor finish by the Rabbitohs and Cowboys, secured them a spot. Having done that, they start afresh.

The 26-12 win over the Rabbitohs last start probably didn’t live up to the pre match hype but the Roosters were clinical. Two tries in the last 10 minutes sealed the result.

In the only change to the Roosters line up, Joseph Manu has been named to return. Daniel Tupou is still on the sidelines, with Junior Pauga retaining a wing spot.

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Prediction

This is a toss of the coin job. The Sharks will remember their disappointment from last year’s final series and will be keen to atone in front of a full house.

The Roosters are a better side on paper but finals aren’t won there. Sydney have been battling for weeks just to make the semis and, now that they have, the foot may come slightly off the pedal. It will be tight, but the Sharks will get home in a thriller.

Game information

Venue: PointsBet Stadium
Kick-off: 7:50pm (AEST)
TV: Nine, Fox Sports
Streaming: Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Odds: Sharks $1.95 Roosters $1.85 – odds via PlayUp

Sharks: 1. Connor Tracey 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Braydon Trindall 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Braden Hamlin-Uele 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Cameron McInnes 14. Jack Williams 15. Royce Hunt 16. Thomas Hazelton 17. Oregon Kaufusi 18. Kayal Iro 19. Daniel Atkinson 20. Jesse Colquhoun 21. William Kennedy 22. Matt Moylan

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Fetalaiga Pauga 3. Billy Smith 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph-Aukuso Suaalii 6. Luke Keary 7. Sam Walker 8. Fletcher Baker 9. Brandon Smith 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Siua Wong 12. Nat Butcher 13. Victor Radley 14. Sandon Smith 15. Egan Butcher 16. Terrell May 17. Angus Crichton 18. Drew Hutchison 19. Naufahu Whyte 20. Corey Allan 21. Jaxson Paulo 22. Dylan Napa

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