2019 NRL – Brisbane Broncos vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Brisbane Broncos vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks taking place? Saturday 27th April, 10:35

Where is Brisbane Broncos vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks taking place? Suncorp Stadium

What channel is Brisbane Broncos vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks on?
UK – This match will not be televised live in the UK
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream Brisbane Broncos vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks?
UK – N/A
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Where can I get tickets for Brisbane Broncos vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks?
Brisbane Broncos – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500011

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500028

THE TEAM NEWS

BRISBANE BRONCOS

Head Coach: Anthony Seibold

Starting 13: Boyd, Oates, Roberts, Bird, Isaako, Milford, Nikorima, Haas, McCullough, Ofahengaue, Glenn, Gillett, Pangai Jnr. – Interchanges: Staggs, Fifita, Flegler, Carrigan – Reserves: Su’a, Shibasaki, Dearden, Lodge

Unavailable:

  • Brisbane's season continued to spiral after suffering another defeat with Canberra getting the better of them to leave the Broncos at 1-5 and now they face a crunch clash with Cronulla as they bid to turn their year around.

  • The Broncos have made a couple of changes with Tevita Pangai Jnr. back from suspension and James Roberts reinstated to the side which sees Kotoni Staggs drop to the bench and Jayden Su’a dropped to the reserves.

  • The Broncos haven’t struggled for metres this year as they rank sixth in the NRL for metres per game with 1,585 so far but they aren’t utilising their field position with them only ranking tenth in terms of points per game.

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS

Head Coach: John Morris

Starting 13: Kennedy, Feki, Xerri, Morris, Dugan, Johnson, Townsend, Fifita, J. Brailey, Prior, Sorensen, Capewell, Gallen – Interchanges: B. Brailey, Bukuya, Williams, Hamlin-Uele – Reserves: Mulitalo, Flanagan, Katoa, Magoulias

Unavailable: Wade Graham, Matt Moylan, Aaron Woods

  • Cronulla scored 18 points in the final 16 minutes as they produced a brilliant comeback to see off Penrith in a superb contest as the Sharks showed good resolve, particularly on the back of a tough loss to the Roosters.

  • Briton Nikora copped a one-game ban for the Sharks and will miss out here with Jason Bukuya coming onto the bench to cover his loss and that sees Scott Sorensen promoted to the run-on side.

  • The Sharks have been sloppy with ball-in-hand this season and have completed just 71.4% of their sets which leaves them with the joint-second lowest total in the NRL this season with that figure needing to improve if the Sharks are to put a winning run together.

THE PREDICTION

Brisbane are desperate for a win and will hope the return of Tevita Pangai Jnr. following a two-match ban can improve their fortunes. They face a Sharks team full of confidence after they came back to defeat Penrith late on last week and will fancy their chances against this Brisbane side. The Broncos will need to improve drastically if they are to have any hopes of making the play-offs but that looks difficult to achieve even at this early stage of the season. This represents a huge game for the Broncos and with a fully-fit side to choose from, they can just edge this.