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Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs Sydney Roosters: Lineups, Preview & Prediction

Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla, Saturday 26th August, 7.30pm AEST.


Overview

The Cronulla Sharks host the Sydney Roosters this Saturday night in a third vs fourth battle that will go a long way in determining the top four standings. A Roosters win would guarantee them a second chance in week one of the finals while a victory for the home side will keep them entrenched in the top four.

Both sides broke two-game losing streaks last round, with the Sharks comfortably winning in Townsville while the Roosters made hard work a resurgent Tigers side. It has been difficult to get a read on the true form of these two, whose healthy positions in the ladder haven’t been reflected in recent performances.

Recent Meetings

2017 – Rd 17: Cronulla def. Roosters 44-12 at Central Coast Stadium

2016 – Rd 25: Cronulla def. Roosters 37-12 at Southern Cross Group Stadium

2016 – Rd 19: Cronulla def. Roosters 32-20 at Allianz Stadium

2015 – Rd 13: Cronulla def. Roosters 10-4 at Southern Cross Group Stadium

2015 – Rd 5: Cronulla def. Roosters 20-12 at Allianz Stadium

Cronulla have racked up 113 points against the Tricolours in their last three meetings alone. The Sharks have won the past six encounters since falling to defeat in April 2014. Their most recent clash was the most dominant of all those wins with each of their back five getting across the line in their most clinical performance of the year. 

Selected Teams

SHARKS  ROOSTERS
Valentine Holmes11Michael Gordon
Sosaia Feki22Latrell Mitchell
Kurt Capewell33Ryan Matterson
Ricky Leutele44Mitchell Aubusson
Gerard Beale55Blake Ferguson
James Maloney66Luke Keary
Chad Townsend77Mitchell Pearce
Andrew Fifita88Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
Jayden Brailey99Jake Friend
Matt Prior1010Dylan Napa
Luke Lewis1111Boyd Cordner
Wade Graham1212Aiden Guerra
Paul Gallen1313Isaac Liu
 INTERCHANGE 
Jason Bukuya1414Zane Tetevano
Sam Tagataese1515Sio Siua Taukeiaho
Jeremy Latimore1616Kane Evans
James Segeyaro1717Connor Watson
 RESERVES 
Chris Heighington1818Joseph Manu
Joseph Paulo1919Victor Radley
Fa’amanu Brown2020Chris Smith
Jesse Ramien2121Mitchell Cornish

The Facts That Matter

Cronulla Sharks

The Sharks comfortably beat an under strength North Queensland side last week but they will have to move up another gear this time around.

Cronulla started the season with nine wins out of 12 but have struggled for consistency ever since in the defence of their title. Other than last week’s win over the Cowboys, they have only managed to come out on top over the lowly placed Rabbits and Warriors during the last six weeks.

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They are unchanged from last week’s win and have looked a lot better since James Maloney and Jayden Brailey returned to the spine of the team. Errors have plagued their season but they were much more disciplined against the Cowboys. Maloney could be key to a positive result against after grabbing two tries and a couple of assists.

Sydney Roosters

The Roosters aren’t in ideal finals form themselves, having won four out of six games since they lost to the Sharks. They haven’t picked up many considerable scalps so a win over the reigning Premiers could send out a message that would be just as important as the points. They were cruising at 16-0 after 30 minutes against the Tigers but needed a late Latrell Mitchell try to prevent a comeback. A similar lapse would prove more costly against the Sharks.

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The Tricolours have also named the same lineup from last week. They’ll be asked more questions by the Sharks but they will also present a greater threat themselves. Mitchell Pearce’s short ball to put Aiden Guerra through for a try on their right side was strikingly similar to Michael Morgan’s pass for Ethan Lowe’s four-pointer on the Sharks’ left last week. Watch for plenty of traffic down that side of the field.

Prediction

This one is hard to call. Their form over the last five weeks is identical and they’ve even had similar score lines against the same opposition in recent months. Cronulla’s home record is astonishingly similar to the Roosters’ on the road too. Roosters by four.

Who do you think will win this big clash, the Sharks or the Roosters? Let us know in the comments and poll below.

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