We take a look at Thursday’s (25/07/2019) NRL 2019 Week 19 match is between Cronulla Sharks and the North Queensland Cowboys. The Cronulla Sharks go into the match as the relatively short priced favourites in betting but the money could come for either side as neither have really impressed this season.
When: Thursday July 25, 7:50pm
Where: Shark Park
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
The Sharks have their backs to the wall on the back of five straight losses as the team from the Shire have slipped to 11th on the table. Last round’s 19-18 loss to the Warriors in Wellington sums up Cronulla at the moment, with an Andrew Fifita brain snap gifting the Warriors a game-tying penalty, with his sin bin proving costly, as Blake Green slotted a field goal to win the game for the Kiwi side.
Matt Moylan is out with Josh Dugan coming in, while Josh Morris returns at centre. Young prop Braden Hamlin-Uele is starting in place of Fifita.
The Cowboys more than held their own for 70 minutes against the Bunnies, but three late tries squashed any hopes they had of victory as they simply collapsed late. They are tied with the Sharks on 16 points and despite just 7 wins this season, find themselves a game outside the top eight.
Michael Morgan is out once again with concussion for a second straight game, with the starting 17 from the Bunnies game retained.
Cronulla is riding a two game winning streak against the Cows, beating them by 26 points in Townsville in round 3, with 5 tries in 17 minutes after half time the difference maker. The Wolf thinks this game should be a lot tighter than in round 3, but without their captain and playmaker, the Cows will struggle against a Sharks team that surely has to show up.
Tip: Cronulla Sharks at $1.48
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Bronson Xerri at $10.00
Sharks: 1. Josh Dugan 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Josh Morris 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Paul Gallen 14. Blayke Brailey 15. Jack Williams 16. Matt Prior 17. Billy Magoulias 18. Jayson Bukuya 19. Kyle Flanagan 20. Scott Sorensen 21. Sione Katoa
Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Javid Bowen 4. Tom Opacic 5. Murray Taulagi 6. John Asiata 7. Jake Clifford 8. Josh McGuire 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Shane Wright 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Coen Hess 15. Matt Scott 16. Scott Bolton 17. Francis Molo 18. Peter Hola 20. Corey Jensen
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change