2018 NRL – Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 13th May, 07:10 (UK)

Where? GIO Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks will not be televised live in the UK. Australia - Nine Network, Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - N/A Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-...

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

RAIDERS

Head Coach: Ricky Stuart

Starting 13: Wighton, Cotric, Croker, Leilua, Rapana, Austin, Sezer, Soliola, Havili, Boyd, Tapine, Whitehead, Papalii – Interchanges: Hingano, Bateman, Gubb, Lui – Reserves: Knight, Oldfield, Garvey, Murchie

Unavailable: Josh Hodgson, Sam Williams, Junior Paulo

  • Canberra made a blistering start to the game against Gold Coast last week, ultimately doing enough to win the game because of that 22-minute spell. The Raiders scored four tries to race into a 20-0 lead and didn’t look back as they claimed a 32-18 win.
  • Shannon Boyd is promoted to the run-on side in place of Junior Paulo who will be out for around two months with a foot injury. Charlie Gubb has recovered from injury to take his place on the bench.
  • The Raiders were too good for the Titans last week and dominated in several areas of the game. They made almost 400 run metres more than the Titans whilst also making 8.1m a set on average more than their opponents which was too much to cope with.

SHARKS

Head Coach: Shane Flanagan

Starting 13: Holmes, Feki, Ramien, Leutele, Lee, Moylan, Townsend, Fifita, Brailey, Prior, Capewell, Bukuya, Gallen – Interchanges: Paulo, Segeyaro, Seumanufagai, Williams – Reserves: Dillion, Uele, Nikora, Flanagan

Unavailable: Sione Katoa, Luke Lewis, Josh Dugan, Wade Graham, Scott Sorensen

  • Cronulla almost let slip an 18-point lead late in the game as a Mitchell Moses missed conversion on the hooter saved the Sharks from golden point. Cronulla were 22-4 up with just seven minutes left but conceded three tries as they just held on 22-20.
  • Jayson Bukuya makes a timely return from a virus as he replaces Wade Graham who has a hamstring problem. Paul Gallen has been named at lock but must pass a fitness test to take his place. Jack Williams will make his debut from the bench, replacing Scott Sorensen who misses out with a broken hand.
  • Cronulla’s kicking game was a big plus last week as it helped place pressure on Parramatta. They forced four drop outs which played a part in them enjoying more possession than their opponents (56%).

THE PREDICTION

In the final game of the Indigenous Round, Canberra host Cronulla with both teams coming into the game on the back of wins. Cronulla have won their last three whilst last week’s win for Canberra was their second in a row. The Sharks are going about their business quietly after sneaking into the top 8 last week after an inconsistent start to the season that has seen several injuries take their toll. The Raiders sit just two points off the Sharks with this marking a big game for both teams. It should be a close game with either side capable of taking the competition points but it’s Cronulla who can just edge a tight one.