2020 NRL – Penrith Panthers vs Cronulla Sharks Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Penrith Panthers vs Cronulla Sharks taking place? Friday 21st August, 2020 – 09:00 (UK)

Where is Penrith Panthers vs Cronulla Sharks taking place? Panthers Stadium, Penrith

What is the expected weather for Penrith Panthers vs Cronulla Sharks? 13c, partly cloudy

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

THE TEAM NEWS

PENRITH PANTHERS

Starting 13: Edwards, Mansour, May, Crichton, Naden, Luai, Cleary, Tamou, Koroisau, Fisher-Harris, Kikau, Martin, Yeo – Interchanges: Laurie, Leniu, Leota, Tetevano – Reserves: Kenny, Burns

Unavailable: Kurt Capewell (Injured), Brian To’o (Injured), Dean Whare (Injured), Charlie Staines (Injured)

  • Top of the ladder Penrith Panthers were given a small scare against New Zealand Warriors last week but they did enough to earn the 12-18 victory that ensured they set a new club record for consecutive victories.
  • Their ninth straight win was hard-fought but the Panthers were rewarded for dominating possession, largely through their ability to force repeat sets as their kicking game proved to be the difference having made the Warriors drop out on 10 occasions.
  • There are no changes to last week’s 17 and that is likely to be the case come kick-off unless there are any late fitness issues with Brian To’o dropping off the extended bench and he will remain on the sidelines for at least one further week.

CRONULLA SHARKS

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

Unavailable: Cameron King (Injured), Bronson Xerri (Disciplinary), Andrew Fifita (Injured), Chad Townsend (Injured), Jackson Ferris (Injured)

  • Cronulla Sharks were able to pull away from Gold Coast Titans when their opponents were reduced to 12 men but they will need to produce a much better performance if they are to topple in-form Penrith Panthers.
  • In a very even game with little to split the two teams, the contest swung on the decision to send Kevin Proctor from the field for a bite on Shaun Johnson and the Sharks were able to claim the 30-18 win.
  • The Sharks have crossed for 64 tries so far this season, more than any other side in the competition but Penrith boast the third-best defence which will severely challenge their unchanged side.

THE PREDICTION

Penrith Panthers continued their winning streak with a ninth consecutive victory last week and they will be eager to maintain that run to remain at the top of the NRL ladder. They face a tricky test against a Cronulla Sharks side that have no problems crossing the whitewash and have lost just one of their last five matches. The visitors have struggled against teams above them on the ladder so far this season and they were hammered 24-56 by the Panthers when the teams met in Round 9. Penrith’s defence continues to shine too having conceded no more than 14 points in any of their last five matches so a win by at least 10 points is on the cards for the Panthers here.

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