2018 NRL – Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 20th May, 07:10 (UK)

Where? Southern Cross Group Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Sky Sports Arena
Australia - Nine Network, Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go
Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=SHA1118

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

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: Dillon, Uele, Lewis, Dugan

Unavailable: Sione Katoa, Wade Graham, Scott Sorensen

  • Cronulla won their fourth game in a row as they overcame Canberra. The Sharks overcame an eight-point half-time deficit as well as keeping the Raiders scoreless in the second half as they ran out 16-24 winners.

  • Josh Dugan and Luke Lewis are interesting names amongst the reserves and could receive late call-ups to the 17 if they can prove their fitness. Paul Gallen and Jayson Bukuya return to the back-row with Kurt Dillon and Braden Uele dropping out.

  • Cronulla were able to grind Canberra down last week and that was in part down to their impressive metre-making. The Sharks averaged 53.4m per set whilst restricting the Raiders to 48.1m per set.

BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Dean Pay

Starting 13: Mbye, B. Morris, J. Morris, Hopoate, Montoya, Frawley, Foran, Woods, Marshall-King, Klemmer, Jackson, Faitala-Mariner, Martin – Interchanges: Elliott, Priest, Toomaga, Holland – Reserves: Eastwood, Olive, Fine, Lichaa

Unavailable: Tom Carr, Aiden Tolman, Danny Fualalo

  • Canterbury snapped their three-game losing run with a win over Parramatta last week. The Bulldogs sealed the win late on thanks to an Adam Elliott try before a Moses Mbye penalty put two scores between the teams with Canterbury holding on 20-12.

  • Danny Fualalo is out with an ankle injury with Clay Priest taking his place in the 17. David Klemmer starts having come off the bench last week.

  • Canterbury were the better side in a lot of areas last week but struggled to put Parramatta to the sword. The Bulldogs are averaging just 15.7 points per game this season with that number needing to increase if they are to start picking up more wins.

THE PREDICTION

Cronulla have gone under the radar somewhat this season due to a slow start but have now strung four wins together in a row despite suffering some injuries to key players. Their squad is nearing a return to full strength which could see them make a real run at the top 4. Canterbury won just their third game of the season against Parramatta last week but will need a big improvement on that performance to topple the Sharks. Cronulla are in a good run of form and should extend that here with Canterbury falling short.