2020 NRL – Cronulla Sharks vs Canberra Raiders Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Cronulla Sharks vs Canberra Raiders taking place? Saturday 26th September, 2020 – 08:30 (UK)

Where is Cronulla Sharks vs Canberra Raiders taking place? Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Cronulla Sharks vs Canberra Raiders? 13c, clear skies

What channel is Cronulla Sharks vs Canberra Raiders on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream Cronulla Sharks vs Canberra Raiders? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

Where can I get tickets for Cronulla Sharks vs Canberra Raiders? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

CRONULLA SHARKS

Starting 13: Kennedy, Macdonald, Hiroti, Ramien, Mulitalo, Graham, Tracey, Hamlin-Uele, Brailey, Woods, Nikora, Talakai, Rudolf – Interchanges: Sorensen, Williams, Fifita, Wilton – Reserves: Magoulias, Trindall, Goodwin, Vasquez

Unavailable: Cameron King (Injured), Bronson Xerri (Disciplinary), Chad Townsend (Suspended), Jackson Ferris (Injured), Matt Moylan (Injured), Shaun Johnson (Injured), Josh Dugan (Injured), Sione Katoa (Injured), Royce Hunt (Injured)

  • Cronulla Sharks were outclassed by Sydney Roosters last week but that was not the major talking point from that game as they lost Shaun Johnson for the remainder of the season after he suffered a ruptured Achilles.
  • That is a major blow to the Sharks’ aspirations of challenging in the finals but their form against their fellow top eight sides will also be a huge concern with them so far failing to beat any of their rivals that will compete in the play-offs.
  • Josh Dugan, Sione Katoa and Royce Hunt are also sidelined so Mawene Hiroti, Nene Macdonald and Teig Wilton are handed a chance to shine while Wade Graham will slot into the halves to cover for Johnson’s absence.

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Starting 13: Cook, Valemei, Timoko, Smith-Shields, Cotric, Frawley, S. Williams, Lui, Starling, Soliola, Young, Harawira-Naera, Havili – Interchanges: O’Donnell, Sutton, Medlyn, Subloo – Reserves: Mariota, Tapine, Wighton, Whitehead

Unavailable: Sebastian Kris (Illness), Corey Horsburgh (Injured), Emre Guler (Injured), Josh Hodgson (Injured), Bailey Simonsson (Injured), Michael Oldfield (Injured), Curtis Scott (Injured), John Bateman (Injured)

  • Canberra Raiders secured fifth spot and a home elimination final, likely against their opponents in this game after they fought back to beat New Zealand Warriors in a controversial clash last week.
  • Canberra head coach Ricky Stuart was not impressed with the performance of the officials in that clash and made his feelings known but he will now turn his attention to the finals having opted to rest a plethora of players for this contest.
  • Halves Jack Wighton and George Williams are among those rested along with the likes of Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Jarrod Croker and Josh Papalii with there are debuts for Darby Medlyn and Jarrett Subloo.

THE PREDICTION

This could be a preview of one of next week’s elimination finals as Cronulla Sharks face Canberra Raiders. The two teams will currently meet at GIO Stadium if the placings remain as they are now and with the Sharks failing to beat any of the top eight so far this season, they have a tall order. That task was made all the more difficult with the loss of key playmaker Shaun Johnson to a season-ending injury last week. The Raiders have rested numerous key players with one eye on next week’s game which should open the door for the Sharks to take the win but with a lack of attacking spark on the field, this contest should produce no more than 45 points.

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