2020 NRL – Cronulla Sharks vs Canterbury Bulldogs Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Cronulla Sharks vs Canterbury Bulldogs taking place? Sunday 21st June, 2020 – 09:30 (UK)

Where is Cronulla Sharks vs Canterbury Bulldogs taking place? Bankwest Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Cronulla Sharks vs Canterbury Bulldogs? 11c, partly cloudy

What channel is Cronulla Sharks vs Canterbury Bulldogs 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 Canterbury Bulldogs? 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 Canterbury Bulldogs? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

CRONULLA SHARKS

Starting 13: Kennedy, Katoa, Dugan, Ramien, Goodwin, Johnson, Townsend, Fifita, Brailey, Woods, Nikora, Graham, Williams – Interchanges: Rudolf, Hamlin-Uele, Talakai, Hunt – Reserves: Sorensen, Moylan, Hunt, Ferris

Unavailable: Cameron King (Injured), Bronson Xerri (Disciplinary), Ronaldo Mulitalo (Injured)

  • Cronulla Sharks put in a very poor performance as they handed St. George Illawarra Dragons their first win of the campaign last week and that result led to further questions surrounding the future of head coach John Morris.
  • The Sharks offered little with the ball as their 74% completion rate could not match up to the 88% achieved by the Dragons with 15 errors and 46 missed tackles alarming figures that will cause great concern.
  • Matt Moylan is only deemed a 50-50 chance of making this clash after he was retained on the extended bench 24 hours from kick-off and he could feature with Bryson Goodwin who will make his first start for the Sharks with Mawene Hiroti the man to make way on the wing while Siosfia Talakai and Royce Hunt replace Connor Tracey and Scott Sorensen.

CANTERBURY BULLDOGS

Starting 13: Hopoate, Crichton, R. Smith, Watene-Zelezniak, Averillo, Foran, Wakeham, To’omaga, Marshall-King, Napa, Jackson, Faitala-Mariner, Elliott – Interchanges: Holland, Britt, Sue, Ogden – Reserves: Harper, Cogger

Unavailable: Chris Smith (Injured), Marcelo Montoya (Injured), Joe Stimson (Injured), Aiden Tolman (Quarantined), Nick Meaney (Injured), Lachlan Lewis (Injured)

  • Canterbury Bulldogs were blitzed from the first whistle against Sydney Roosters as the failed to recover from their poor start in the one-sided contest and they know major improvements are needed across the park following that hammering.
  • The Roosters ran in seven tries as some big gaps in the defensive line coupled with poor contact prevented the Bulldogs from getting into the contest and they come into this clash with 64 handling errors so far this season, the most of any side in the competition after five rounds.
  • Lachlan Lewis is ruled out with an injury so Canterbury will have a new face in the halves with Brandon Wakeham coming in and they will hope he can provide a spark with the Bulldogs managing just 10.4 points per game so far this campaign which is the lowest average of any side in the NRL.

THE PREDICTION

Cronulla Sharks and Canterbury Bulldogs have both started the season poorly and their respective defeats last week highlighted some serious issues that need fixing. The pair will be low on confidence ahead of this fixture, especially with them both struggling with the ball during the early part of this season. With neither team making any obvious case to come out on top here with the game able to go either way, it is likely to be a nervy affair that should produce no more than 38 points.

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