2020 NRL – Cronulla Sharks vs Wests Tigers Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Cronulla Sharks vs Wests Tigers taking place? Saturday 30th May, 2020 – 08:30 (UK)

Where is Cronulla Sharks vs Wests Tigers taking place? Bankwest Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Cronulla Sharks vs Wests Tigers? 15c, clear skies

What channel is Cronulla Sharks vs Wests Tigers 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 Wests Tigers? 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 Wests Tigers? No tickets are available as NRL matches are currently taking place behind closed doors

THE TEAM NEWS

CRONULLA SHARKS

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

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

  • Cronulla Sharks come into this contest without a win to their name in 2020 after losing two close matches against South Sydney Rabbitohs and Melbourne Storm but their preparations for the restart suffered a huge blow this week.
  • Bronson Xerri was stood down after failing a drugs test and the Sharks will hope that does not prove to be a distraction as they attempt to earn their first victory losing their first two matches by a combined six points.
  • Josh Morris made his move to the Sydney Roosters following their defeat against the Storm with Josh Dugan taking his place in the centres while Matt Moylan will hope to prove his fitness in time to earn a late inclusion in the side after he was named in the reserves.

WESTS TIGERS

Starting 13: Doueihi, Nofoaluma, J. Leilua, Mbye, Jennings, Marshall, Brooks, Aloiai, Grant, Mikaele, Garner, L. Leilua, Twal – Interchanges: Clark, Walters, Lawrence, Seyfarth – Reserves: Reynolds, Chee-Kam

Unavailable: Russell Packer (Injured), Jacob Liddle (Injured)

  • Wests Tigers were unable to build on their opening round victory over St. George Illawarra Dragons as they suffered a heavy loss against Newcastle Knights in their last game before the season was curtailed.
  • The Tigers were very poor in that game against the Knights and will hope their enforced break can allow them to fix some of their issues with head coach Michael Maguire making some significant changes to his side for this clash.
  • Adam Doueihi has won the race for the fullback spot with Moses Mbye returning in the centres and Luke Brooks is also back to partner Benji Marshall in the halves while there is a debut for Harry Grant after he arrived in a season-long swap deal with Paul Momirovski switching to Melbourne Storm.

THE PREDICTION

Cronulla Sharks come into this game without a win and have had a turbulent week as they attempt to claim their first victory of the campaign. The club have been caught up in some doping drama after Bronson Xerri failed a drugs test and they will have to put that behind them quickly as they face Wests Tigers at Bankwest Stadium. The Tigers were poor in their last game before the season was halted but they have made some big changes to their side for this contest and it should help them with the ball. However, they struggled defensively against the Knights and this contest should see more than 42 points.

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