We take a look at Sunday afternoons (8/9/2019) NRL 2019 Week 25 match is between the Wests Tigers and the Cronulla Sharks. The Cronulla Sharks will have to hold out a determined Wests Tigers side to secure their spot in the NRL Finals.
When: Sunday September 8, 2:00pm
Where: Leichhardt Oval
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
The finals have come a week early for the Tigers and Sharks, with the winner of this match at Leichhardt Oval to feature in the 2019 finals and the loser left to plan Mad Monday.
The Tigers have finished the season with a roar, posting big wins in the past fortnight, scoring 40+ points in each match. They’re boosted by big ins this week, with Moses Mbye and Robbie Farah both named as reserves.
They play a Cronulla side that could have all but assured themselves a finals position if not for Aidan Sezer’s sharp kicking skills that saw them go down 15-14 in golden point. Shaun Johnson has been included in the starting side after a quad injury in warm up saw him miss the Raiders game. Matt Moylan is another named, although on the reserves list.
This game pits two clubs with opposing handicap records against one another, with the Tigers third in the NRL at 14-9 covering the line, with the Sharks third last at just 9-1-13, including a poor 3-8 mark away from Shark Park.
Cronulla has the wood over Wests in recent matches, winning five in a row against the joint venture, dating back to 2015. Wests have the longest finals drought of any team in the competition and The Wolf thinks a packed Leichhardt crowd, in what could be Robbie Farah’s final ever game for his beloved club will be enough to see them feature at the pointy end for the first time in eight years.
Tip: Cronulla Sharks at $1.72
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Robert Jennings at $9.50
Tigers: 1. Corey Thompson 2. Robert Jennings 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Esan Marsters 5. David Nofoaluma 6. Benji Marshall 7. Luke Brooks 8. Thomas Mikaele 9. Josh Reynolds 10. Oliver Clark 11. Luke Garner 12. Chris Lawrence 13. Ryan Matterson 14. Matt Eisenhuth 15. Elijah Taylor 16. Alex Twal 17. Michael Chee-Kam 18. Tommy Talau 19. Chris McQueen 20. Moses Mbye 21. Robbie Farah
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. Kyle Flanagan 21. Matt Moylan
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change