2020 NRL – Gold Coast Titans vs Cronulla Sharks Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Gold Coast Titans vs Cronulla Sharks taking place? Saturday 4th July, 2020 – 06:00 (UK)

Where is Gold Coast Titans vs Cronulla Sharks taking place? Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast

What is the expected weather for Gold Coast Titans vs Cronulla Sharks? 19c, sunny

What channel is Gold Coast Titans vs Cronulla Sharks 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 Gold Coast Titans vs Cronulla Sharks? 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 Gold Coast Titans vs Cronulla Sharks? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

GOLD COAST TITANS

Starting 13: Roberts, Thompson, Kelly, Peachey, Don, Taylor, Fogarty, Fotuaika, Rein, Jolliffe, Hipgrave, Cartwright, Arrow – Interchanges: T. Boyd, Lisone, Wallace, Clark – Reserves: Fermor, Whitbread

Unavailable: Ryan James (Injured), AJ Brimson (Injured), Jonus Pearson (Injured), Young Tonumaipea (Injured), Kevin Proctor (Injured), Phillip Sami (Injured)

  • Gold Coast Titans won their second game of the campaign as they came out on top of their Queensland derby with Brisbane Broncos last week and they will hope to build on that effort as they host Cronulla Sharks.
  • The Titans raced into a 22-point lead at the break and were able to comfortably see the game out as they completed at 81% which helped them to run for over 500 metres more than the Broncos in what turned into a straightforward victory.
  • With an invigorated defensive effort the catalyst behind last week’s success, the Titans will believe they can make it back-to-back successes but despite Justin Holbrook making just the one change to his initial side, he has lost Kevin Proctor and Phillip Sami to injuries so Erin Clark and Tyrone Roberts are late inclusions in addition to Bryce Cartwright coming in for Dale Copley.

CRONULLA SHARKS

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

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

  • Cronulla Sharks produced what was comfortably their most complete performance of the season to date as they produced a brilliant display to defeat Manly Sea Eagles in a one-sided contest last week.
  • The Sharks ran in seven tries as they notched 40 points with Cronulla proving clinical with the ball, especially when they moved the ball into the Sea Eagles’ 20m area and their win was even more impressive considering they saw less of the ball than the opposition.
  • Shaun Johnson came to the fore last week and he now leads the NRL in try assists (10) and line engagements (57) through seven rounds and he will be integral again in what is an unchanged 17 for the Sharks.

THE PREDICTION

Cronulla Sharks highlighted their top eight potential with a convincing win over Manly Sea Eagles last week and they will be looking to make it three wins in a row as they head to Gold Coast to face the Titans. The hosts out enthused Brisbane Broncos in their Queensland derby last week and they too will be looking to build on their impressive performance in that game. However, the Titans were barely asked any questions by the Broncos and this will be a much more difficult contest with the Sharks able to win by at least six points to make it four consecutive victories against Gold Coast.

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