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Cronulla Sharks vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

8th May, 2022
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Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

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New Zealand Warriors

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Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

29

Match Complete

New Zealand Warriors

10

N. Hynes76
J. Ramien76
N. Hynes73
N. Hynes68
C. Tracey66
C. Tracey46
N. Hynes31
T. Wilton29
23R. Walsh
21V. Vailea
17D. Watene-Zelezniak
N. Hynes8
N. Hynes7

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The Cronulla Sharks return home to try and return to the winners circle when they take on the New Zealand Warriors on Sunday afternoon. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 4pm (AEST).

The Sharks were thrown off course somewhat last week when they were ambushed by the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium. They were outgunned and out-enthused, with no answers and just the solitary try in a 16-7 loss. The Warriors got out of jail in the ugliest of contests, beating the Raiders in Golden Point 21-20 in Redcliffe.

The Sharks might have lost the last match-up between the two late last season, but they hold a healthy recent winning record over the Warriors. They have won eight of the last ten games between the two, dating back to 2015. The last time the Warriors won in Cronulla was back in 2015. The Warriors have had a tough time in the Shire, winning just four of 16 games at the venue in the past.

The Sharks will welcome the return of Dale Finucane for this one. He pushes Cam McInnes to the bench and Braydon Trindall out of the side. The Warriors have Dallin Watene-Zelezniak returning to replace Jesse Arthurs on the wing. Eliesa Katoa replaces Bayley Sironen in the back row. Aaron Pene returns to the bench.

Prediction

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The Sharks were firing on all cylinders and sitting pretty in the top four going into last week. While they still sit in fourth going into this week, the loss against the Broncos puts them under a bit of pressure to stay there.

The Warriors haven’t set the world alight, but go into this one with a 4-4 record, out of the top eight on differential. They have played good football in patches, but it hard to remember them playing for the full 80 minutes.

Cronulla have had the longest of turnarounds for this one, ten days to assess where they are at. It was probably a good break at a good time, after a loss but with a positive start to the year. You get the feeling that back at home, they will be focused on getting back to basics and playing with real control and intent. The return of Dale Finucane is a big one in galvanising their team.

The Warriors don’t have the footy to match the Sharks at their best. We saw them fall away alarmingly against the Storm a couple of weeks ago, and weren’t far away from losing to the Raiders last week. The longer this game goes on, the more obvious the difference in class will be.

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Sharks by 19.

Game information

Kick-off: 4:05pm (AEST)
Venue: PointsBet Stadium, Wooloware
TV/Stream: Fox League, Channel Nine, Kayo Sports
Odds: Sharks $1.18, Warriors $5.00 – odds via PlayUp

Teams

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Sharks

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. Aiden Tolman 11. Briton Nikora 12. Teig Wilton 13. Dale Finucane 14. Jack Williams 15. Cameron McInnes 16. Wade Graham 17. Royce Hunt

Warriors

1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Viliami Vailea 4. Rocco Berry 5. Adam Pompey 6. Daejarn Asi 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Matt Lodge 11. Euan Aitken 12. Eliesa Katoa 13. Jazz Tevaga 14. Jack Murchie 15. Ben Murdoch-Masila 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Aaron Pene

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