We take a look at Saturday afternoons (24/8/2019) NRL 2019 Week 23 match is between the Cronulla Sharks and the New Zealand Warriors. The Warriors will be full of confidence having beat the Sharks a little more than a month ago. But it’s hard to see the Sharks losing this game at home.
When: Saturday August 24th, 3:00pm
Where: Shark Park
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
Cronulla tasted victory for the third time in four matches and a win against the Warriors on Saturday would cement their spot in the top eight with just two rounds to go.
A last gasp 18-12 win against the Dragons wasn’t vintage Sharks footy, but they’ll take the two points against their traditional rivals. Last round the Warriors scored the first try and that was all they offered on the scoreboard, hammered 42-6 by the Chooks at the SCG.
Coach Stephen Kearney has resisted wholesale changes, with Gerard Beale the only out. For the Sharks, Matt Moylan is again sidelined with injury, shifting Josh Dugan to fullback, while Andrew Fifita is back from injury.
These two sides played a cracker in Wellington last month, with the Warriors winning by a field goal.
This is the Warriors’ first visit to Shark Park since 2016 when they lost 19-18 in golden point. The Wolf is sensing the Warriors have run their race this season and despite covering the handicap 7 times in 10 away games, they have only won three of those. That barren run will continue on Saturday as the Sharks should win by double digits.
Tip: Cronulla Sharks at $1.38
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck at $13
Sharks: 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 20. Sione Katoa 21. Kyle Flanagan
Warriors: 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 18. Adam Pompey 20. Ligi Sao 21. Adam Keighran 22. Blake Ayshford
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change