2020 NRL – New Zealand Warriors vs Cronulla Sharks Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is New Zealand Warriors vs Cronulla Sharks taking place? Sunday 19th July, 2020 – 05:00 (UK)

Where is New Zealand Warriors vs Cronulla Sharks taking place? Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast

What is the expected weather for New Zealand Warriors vs Cronulla Sharks? 19c, sunny

What channel is New Zealand Warriors 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 New Zealand Warriors 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 New Zealand Warriors vs Cronulla Sharks? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

Starting 13: Tuivasa-Sheck, Fusitu’a, Herbert, Hiku, Maumalo, Nikorima, Green, Taunoa-Brown, Egan, Blair, Katoa, Harris, Lawton – Interchanges: Paasi, Hetherington, Papali’i, Tevaga – Reserves: Harris-Tavita, Murchie

Unavailable: Jackson Frei (Injured), Bunty Afoa (Injured), Nathaniel Roache (Injured), Taane Milne (Injured), Lesson Ah Mau (Injured), Adam Keighran (Injured), Leivaha Pulu (Personal Reasons)

  • New Zealand Warriors blew a superb chance to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season as they were unable to hold on to a 12-point lead in their clash with Gold Coast Titans last week.
  • The Warriors raced into a 0-12 lead inside the opening 10 minutes but were then kept scoreless for the remainder of the game in what was a hugely disappointing outcome with the Titans scoring the decisive try with just six minutes to spare.
  • In their bid to respond, the Warriors are boosted by the return of five-eighth Kodi Nikorima who will slot straight back into the halves while Eliesa Katoa is also back from injury with Chanel Harris-Tavita and Jack Murchie the two to make way.

CRONULLA SHARKS

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

Unavailable: Cameron King (Injured), Bronson Xerri (Disciplinary), Matt Moylan (Injured), Andrew Fifita (Injured)

  • Cronulla Sharks dished up their worst performance of the season as they were blown away by a dominant Penrith Panthers outfit that saw the Sharks ship 56 points and they will be under big pressure to improve this week.
  • After conceding 10 tries, there is plenty to work on for the Sharks and their 47 missed tackles will have been a big area to focus on during training this week with Cronulla now averaging 36.4 misses per game which is the second-worst in the NRL.
  • In a further blow for the Sharks, blockbusting prop Andrew Fifita suffered a hamstring injury last week and is ruled out while Jack Williams and Nene Macdonald are dropped with Connor Tracey, Scott Sorensen and Ronaldo Mulitalo coming into the 17.

THE PREDICTION

Both New Zealand Warriors and Cronulla Sharks were on the end of disappointing losses last week but for very different reasons. The Warriors blew a 12-point lead against Gold Coast Titans as their superb start went to waste while the Sharks were blown away by Penrith Panthers with them allowing their opponents to cross for 10 tries. The pair will be eager to respond with a win this week but with a sunny skies expected for Sunday afternoon football, this should be a high-scoring contest which is likely to see at least 44 points.

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